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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

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by | Sep 30, 2021

Experts in Treating De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis In Dublin, Ireland

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is a specific kind of tendinitis or tendinopathy. It is tendinopathy that affects the thumb side of the wrist and it can be very painful. It gets its unique name from the Swiss surgeon, Fritz de Quervain, who first described it in the late 1800s.

The condition occurs when the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist become inflamed due to overuse or injury. It is common in people who perform repetitive tasks with their hands such as chefs, artists, or musicians.

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is also very common in new mothers, who are doing all kinds of new activities and tasks with their hands – like bottle-feeding or holding their baby’s head up for long periods of time, that their wrist and thumbs are simply not used to.

If you have pain around the thumb and wrist, or your GP suspects you may have De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis then contact Dublin Physio & Chiropractic today for a physiotherapy consultation and treatment plan to resolve this painful condition once and for all.

What Causes De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is simply – tendonitis or tendinopathy of the tendons of the wrist and thumb that occurs when the tendons of the thumb side of your wrist become inflamed or irritated as a result of excessive use. The symptoms are as follows;

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The Symptoms of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

  • Pain and tenderness on the thumb side of the wrist.
  • Pain is exacerbated by movement of the thumb and wrist.
  • Clicking or snapping sound when moving the wrist and/or thumb.
  • Swelling at the site of pain.
  • Pain that responds well to ice, rest, and anti-inflammatory drugs.

We Help People With De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis can be very painful and debilitating as we need our thumbs and wrist for so many daily tasks, especially when taking care of a newborn, and it is a common condition we see at our clinic. The good news is De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is a very treatable condition.

Get in touch with Dublin Physio & Chiropractic today for an assessment of your symptoms and a treatment plan to resolve them once and for all.

We can help you to relieve the symptoms of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis and get your hands working pain-free again.

Contact Dublin Physio & Chiropractic today for a physiotherapy treatment tailored specifically to you, book a consultation with us online or by calling (01) 254 4800.

How We Treat De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis In Dublin, Ireland

At Dublin Physio & Chiropractic we use a range of therapies to treat De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.

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Physiotherapists are experts in treating tendinopathies and overuse injuries.

Our physiotherapists use a combination of hands-on therapy, such as massage therapy and gentle joint mobilizations, and exercise therapy. These therapies are designed to reduce pain and discomfort, and increase the pain-free movement of your wrist and thumb, and rebuild the strength and resilience of the tendons and muscles of the wrist and forearm.

Laser Therapy 

Our physiotherapists also use a highly effective form of laser therapy called Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to help the body repair itself and reduce pain caused by De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. Laser Therapy works by stimulating the production of your body’s natural pain-relieving substances, called endorphins. The laser increases blood flow to the injured area and delivers oxygen and nutrients that help cells regenerate cells faster so you can heal quickly!

Exercise Therapy 

Exercise therapy is also an important part of the treatment plan, as it gives you confidence in your wrist and thumbs again, and prevents future injury. Our physiotherapists will design a personalized exercise program to help strengthen the muscles that move your thumb and wrist so they can better take on any physical tasks or movements without pain.

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Intrinsic Core Strengthening 

Most people do not use their core muscles correctly or at all. Utilizing our core correctly has so many long-term health benefits. Our strong core muscles can take a lot of the stress and demands put on our bodies. But for most people, the muscles can surround our joints and the somewhat vulnerable structures of our joints (such as the cartilage, ligaments, or bursas) take all the load.

For prevention of injury and pain, for optimal functioning, and to truly function to bodies true potential, it is important to not only use the muscles that surround our joints but also to use our core muscles!

Intrinsic core strengthening will activate your core muscles and help offload the demands and stress put on your joints that lead to painful conditions like De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.

Chiropractic Care 

Chiropractic care is also an important part of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis treatment. The chiropractor will work to restore mobility and freedom of movement in your wrist, elbow, and shoulder joints by removing any blockages that may be limiting the range of motion or irritating a nerve root.

The Dublin Physio & Chiropractic Team

Our team of physiotherapists and chiropractors are experts at treating De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. We can help you to recover quickly from this painful condition so that your hands work properly again!

Book Your Appointment Today 

Call Dublin Physio & Chiropractic today for an appointment with one of our physiotherapists or chiropractors, and experience the difference.

Call us at (01) 254 4800 to book an appointment with one of our experts today!


[1] https://www.bssh.ac.uk/patients/conditions/19/de_quervains_syndrome

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK442005/

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