De Quervain Tenosynovitis
De Quervain tenosynovitis is a painful condition in which the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist become irritated and inflamed. The most common symptom is pain and swelling near the base of the thumb. People suffering from this condition often feel pain when they pinch or grasp things, turn or twist their wrist, or when they make a fist.
TreatmentFor mild cases of de Quervain tenosynovitis, an anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed or injected around the affected tendons. Simply resting the thumb and wrist for a few weeks in a splint may also help.
If non-surgical treatment options fail to provide pain relief, surgery is recommended. During surgery, the sheath that surrounds the inflamed tendons is released, allowing the tendons to move more easily. The surgery is performed using a local anesthetic and completed in a short amount of time.