Pain in Your Wrist? It may be DeQuervain’s Tendonitis

Pain in Your Wrist or at the Base of Your Thumb? It may be DeQuervain’s Tendonitis While a hand doctor treats many cases of DeQuervain’s tendonitis, many people have never heard of this condition. DeQuervain’s tendonitis affects tendons, which are tough bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Tendons work like pulleys to move bones across joints. Specifically, DeQuervain’s tendonitis affects the tendons that attach to the thumb. These tendons go from the thumb through a fleshy tunnel, known as a tendon sheath, on the side of the wrist and work like a lever to control the bone at the base of the thumb. Normally, synovial fluid lubricates this…

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Is Wrist Surgery Necessary for De Quervain’s Tendonitis?

Sports enthusiasts who enjoy activities like golf, tennis, or rowing are particularly susceptible to a disorder known as De Quervain’s tendonitis.  So are others who consistently use their hands in repetitive motions.  When this condition cannot be successfully treated with conservative measures, wrist surgery performed by a hand surgeon is sometimes necessary. What is De Quervain’s Tendonitis? It is an inflammation of the wrist tendons at the base of the thumb, according to The Ohio State University.  A hand surgeon might also call it first dorsal compartment tendonitis, De Quervain’s tendinitis, or De Quervain’s tenosynovitis.  All of these refer to a condition that causes the tunnel surrounding tendons to swell,…

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