De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
De Quervain’s disease is a painful condition that is caused by the inflammation of tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. Most people with de Quervain’s will hurt when trying to grasp or make a fist. With de Quervain’s is not known, any activity that requires workingg with hands will agitate it. De Quervain’s disease affects women 8 to 10 times more than men, and can occur after pregnancy.
De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a condition that presents with pain in the tendons of the wrist, which is exacerbated by turning wrist, grasping motions, and making a fist. Symptoms include but are not limited to: pain and/or swelling at the base of the thumb, difficulty moving thumb and/or wrist when making grasping or pinching motions, and thumb unable to be moved or maneuvered smoothly. If left untreated, De Quervain's tenosynovitis can spread upwards through the thumb and even up into the forearm, and can cause limited range of motion in the thumb and wrist.
Specifics of De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
While the exact cause of the condition is unknown, constant overuse of the wrist and injury to the wrist have been known to trigger it. Women and people ages 30 to 50 are at a higher risk for De Quervain's tenosynovitis. It may be associated with pregnancy and jobs or hobbies that require repetitive wrist movements.
De Quervin's Symptoms
- Difficulty moving thumb or wrist when grasping
- Pain near the base of the thumb
- A stopping or sticking feeling when moving thumb or wrist
Treatment for De Quervain’s
In order to relieve spinal De Quervain’s symptoms, we address the problem holistically and naturally, without medication.
We use the following approaches to relieve de Quervain’s:
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease flexibility and add more pressure to the wrist and hand.
- Special exercise program to decrease pressure on the wrist and hand, strengthen the muscles and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
- Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation is common with de Quervain’s. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation that causes pressure on the wrist and hand.
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