De Quervain’s tendinitis occurs when the tendons around the base of the thumb are irritated or constricted. The word “tendinitis” refers to a swelling of the tendons, which can cause pain and tenderness along the thumb side of the wrist. This is particularly notable when forming a fist, grasping or gripping something, or turning the wrist.
De Quervain’s tendinitis can be caused by overuse and is also associated with pregnancy and rheumatoid disease. It’s most common in middle-aged women.
Signs of De Quervain’s tendinitis may appear either gradually or suddenly. They include:
- Pain felt over the thumb side of the wrist that may travel up the forearm
- Pain that worsens when the hand and thumb are in use
- Selling over the thumb side of the wrist that may accompany a fluid-filled cyst
- A catching or snapping sensation when moving the thumb
- Difficulty moving the thumb and wrist
OKC Orthopedics, Sports & Pain Medicine is committed to treating de Quervain’s tendinitis and reliving the pain caused by irritation and swelling. Non-surgical and surgical treatments may be recommended, depending on the severity of symptoms. Regardless of the treatment, normal use of the hand usually can be resumed once comfort and strength have returned.