Do you have wrist pain that gets worse when gripping objects? If so, you might have de Quervain's tenosynovitis. To get treatment for this painful condition, visit Peter G. Fitzgibbons, MD at The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics: Maryland Orthopedic Specialists Division. With locations in Bethesda and Germantown, Maryland, the team of skilled orthopedists offers a wide range of recovery services for athletes and individuals of all ages. To schedule a consultation, call or book online today.
De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a condition caused by swelling and inflammation of the tendons of the wrist near your thumb. The condition can cause extreme pain, especially when turning your wrist, grasping objects, or making a fist.
Left untreated, the pain from de Quervain's tenosynovitis can persist, making everyday movements difficult.
Symptoms of de Quervain's tenosynovitis vary from one individual to the next. Some of the most common signs include:
The pain associated with de Quervain's tenosynovitis may worsen when you lift things or use your fingers to grasp or grip objects.
The cause of de Quervain’s is unclear, but because there is variation among people in the structure of the tendons and the tunnels they run through, it is probably related to an individual’s anatomy making them prone to developing it. In those people, other factors such as trauma, repetitive stress, pregnancy, or other inflammatory conditions can cause it to flare up.
Treatment for de Quervain's tenosynovitis often depends on the cause. Dr. Fitzgibbons can design a recovery plan that may include therapies like:
If these methods don’t produce the desired results, Dr. Fitzgibbons might recommend surgery. With a team of orthopedic surgeons on your side, you can find relief from de Quervain's tenosynovitis and get back to the activities you love.
For a personalized consultation about treatment for de Quervain's tenosynovitis, call or book an appointment online today.