De Quervain's Tenosynovitis Specialist

Maryland Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Bethesda, MD & Germantown, MD

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 Q & A

What is de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

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.

What are the symptoms of de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

Symptoms of de Quervain's tenosynovitis vary from one individual to the next. Some of the most common signs include:

  • Pain and swelling at the base of the thumb
  • Difficulty moving your thumb or wrist
  • A sticking sensation when moving your thumb

The pain associated with de Quervain's tenosynovitis may worsen when you lift things or use your fingers to grasp or grip objects.

What causes de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

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.

How is de Quervain's tenosynovitis treated?

Treatment for de Quervain's tenosynovitis often depends on the cause. Dr. Fitzgibbons can design a recovery plan that may include therapies like:

  • Bracing: to help stabilize the area and reduce further injury
  • Cortisone: injections to minimize swelling and pain
  • Physical therapy: stretching and movement exercises that help your wrist heal properly and strengthen the area

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.