What is De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is the name given to a condition in which specific tendons are inflamed and painful. The condition often occurs when the thumb or wrist has been used repetitively at high pressure, for example tennis or other sports that involve high intensity wrist movement. The symptoms of this condition may include swelling or throbbing pain at the base of the thumb. The pain is located on the side of the wrist, just beneath the thumb and can extend into the thumb or even the forearm.

How is it treated?

The first step is an examination at the private hand surgery followed by a range of treatments that include specialist physiotherapy and custom made supports. Injections can be very helpful however, surgery is rarely needed for treatment of this condition.