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De Quervain Tendonitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

De Quervain’s Tendonitis

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Signs of De Quervain’s Tendonitis:

  • Gradual or sudden pain along the thumb side of the wrist.
  • Pain in the wrist that travels up into the forearm.
  • Swelling may be seen over the thumb side of the wrist, and typically occurs with intense numbness and tingling.
  • A “catching” or “snapping” sensation may be felt when moving the thumb.
  • Weakness when trying to lift or carry most objects.
  • Pain or extreme discomfort when lifting a heavy object like a bag of groceries, a gallon of milk, or lifting a child.

What is De Quervain’s Tendonitis?

Young woman braiding hair.The word “tendonitis” refers to a swelling of the tendons, which typically leads to thumb pain and discomfort near the wrist. De Quervain’s tendonitis occurs when the tendons around the base of the thumb are irritated or constricted. This irritation causes the tendon to swell creating friction with the surrounding sheath . Over time the sheath thickens creating a noticeable swelling on the wrist. As the passage for the tendons narrows, it becomes difficult for the tendons to move naturally, causing pain or discomfort.The skilled team of surgeons at Renova Hand Centers believe that hand pain does not have to slow you down. If you suffer from tendonitis, your Renova physician may recommend conservative treatments such as splints, NSAIDs, steroidal injections, or if necessary, surgical relief. To begin treatment for your hand pain, get in touch with one of our hand specialists by calling .
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