De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

What is De Quervain's Tenosynovitis?

De Quervain's is a term used to describe pain and swelling of the tendons at the base of the thumb / wrist. It is commonly caused by activities that involve repeated gripping combined with movement of the wrist (e.g. painting or using a hammer) or activities involving repeated movements of the thumb (e.g. typing). It can be extremely painful and debilitating.

This condition often results in chronic pain, but cortisone (corticosteroid) injections can offer almost immediate relief of pain in the majority of patients. Research has shown that cortisone injections are significantly more effective than rest, anti-inflammatory medication and splinting alone. We are able to offer cortisone injections at selected clinics.

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