De Quevain’s tenosynovitis is a condition that causes inflammation, swelling, and pain in the tissue surrounding the joint and tendons of the thumb and wrist. A common symptom felt by patients with De Quevain's tenosynovitis is pain in the thumb joint when the thumb is moved. This condition is typically caused by the overuse of the wrist and thumb.
Risk Factors for De Quevain’s Tenosynovitis
There are several risk factors for developing De Quevain’s tenosynovitis. Women seem to have this condition more often than men, and the age group that seems most vulnerable to this problem is people between 30-50 years old.
Additionally, there is evidence to suggest that new mothers are especially at a risk for De Quevain’s tenosynovitis because picking up the baby multiple times overworks the area where the condition develops.
De Quevain’s tenosynovitis typically goes away with rest, however, our orthopedic specialists will usually suggest that you wear a splint or a brace to keep the area from being placed under undue stress. In addition, the specialist might also give you a cortisone injection to promote healing and help with the pain. Anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing medications may also be prescribed.
In severe cases of De Quevain’s tenosynovitis when the pain is persistent, surgery might be the best option. During this type of procedure, the inflamed tissue is cut away so that it no longer affects the movement in the thumb. This surgery can be performed using local anesthesia, and, after wearing a wrist splint for a period of time, patients can resume normal activity.
Finding an Orthopedic Specialist
Sometimes, finding someone you trust to perform your procedure or suggest treatment is difficult. However, at the Intermountain Healthcare Orthopedic Specialty Group, there is no shortage of experienced, well-educated orthopedic specialists willing to help you. Make an appointment with one of them today.