De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis: Understanding the Pain in Your Thumb

symptoms causes and treatment of de quervains thumb pain

Are you experiencing thumb pain whenever you move your wrist, grip something, or make a fist? If so, you may be dealing with de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, also known as Mommy’s Thumb. In this article, we’ll delve into what de Quervain’s is, what causes it, and how you can find relief from the pain.

What is de Quervain’s and What Causes it?

(D-quare-vanes T-no-sigh-no-vie-tis) or Mommy’s Thumb is a painful condition caused by the inflammation of the tendons at the base of your thumb, on the thumb side of your wrist. While the exact cause is unknown, constant overuse and repetitive hand and wrist movements are common culprits. Activities like lifting a child, playing an instrument, or participating in sports like golf or tennis can worsen the condition. Factors such as age, pregnancy, wrist injuries, and inflammatory arthritis can also increase your risk of developing de Quervain’s.

You are more likely to develop it if:

  • You’re a women over 40 years of age or you are pregnant (hormonal changes can cause it)
  • You’ve injured your wrist
  • Your job or activities involve repetitive hand and wrist movements
  • You have inflammatory arthritis

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Symptoms of de Quervain’s

Here are some common symptoms :

  • Pain and swelling along the thumb side of the wrist is the most common symptom
  • Shooting pain down to the base of your thumb or up along the thumb side of the forearm
  • Pain when making a fist and extending the thumb upwards in a “hitchhiker” motion
  • Reduced grip strength

Treatment Options for de Quervain’s

When it comes to treatment, non-surgical options are typically the first line of defense. Resting the thumb, using anti-inflammatory medications, and applying ice packs are effective ways to manage the pain. If over-the-counter drugs don’t provide relief, a steroid injection may be necessary.

Resting your thumb in an extended position, with the wrist in a neutral position can also help to reduce inflammation and limit the repetitive movements that can cause your thumb pain. Wearing a thumb splint or brace can also help by providing support and reducing inflammation.

Thumb Splints and Braces for de Quervain’s

The  3pp Ez FIT Thumb Spica Splint provides relief from pain while giving you the comfort you need. Ultra light and fully cushioned, the longer length provides firm adjustable support to your thumb and wrist, while leaving your fingers free for daily activities.

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Other Ways to Treat de Quervain’s

It’s important to modify or avoid activities that worsen your pain. Rushing the healing process by removing your thumb brace too early or engaging in aggravating activities can delay recovery. In severe or persistent cases, surgery to release the tendon sheath may be required.

Before starting any treatment for your thumb pain, consulting with a healthcare provider is crucial. They will provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend the best treatment options for your specific condition.

Don’t let thumb pain interfere with your daily life. Seek relief and regain control over your comfort and mobility with the right treatment approach for de Quervain’s tenosynovitis.

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Our blogs are presented for informational purposes only and are not to be considered medical advice. Because your condition is unique to you, it is recommended that you consult with your health care provider before attempting any medical or therapeutic intervention. We are happy to answer questions or comments pertaining to any products mentioned in our blogs, however, we cannot provide a diagnosis or medical advice.

3 comments on “De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis: Understanding the Pain in Your Thumb

  1. My gp said it was not this am so fed up with pain and its so swollen cant do any thing its twice size of my left and opening jars packets doin veg peelin potatoes just wish it wud heal not one day goes by i dont suffer

  2. I had this problem several years ago and it got so bad that nothing helped. I finally had surgery done to repair it. The surgery went very well however the healing process is very long. Was in a hard cast for 6 weeks and then a splint that was made to fit my hand and could only be removed for physical therapy and to shower. Even though it was painful and a long recovery it was worth the surgery.

    1. Hi Ariene – just came across your 2015 article re having your surgery for de quervains – Ive had thumb issues for nearly 12months now and previously when I had my issue I had a steroid injection which seemed to fix it – this time my gp did not offer this – told me to just rest and it should improve – it has slightly improved but nothing major – I guess I need to proceed towards looking into a possible surgery and Ive lost two whole seasons of my sport (golf) and feel pretty miserable – i am wondering what the long term results are after your op ? Im hoping all is good with you now ? regards Annette

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