By Dr Tony Setiobudi BMedSci, MBBS, MRCS, MMed (Ortho), FRCS (Ortho)
Have you ever experienced pain on the top side of the thumb or inside of the wrist with gripping and lifting activities? if the answer is yes, it’s very likely that you were suffering from De Quervain Tenosynovitis.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis refers to an irritation or inflammation of the wrist tendons near the base of the thumb. The inflammatory condition causes a pain in the wrist, near the thumb. The pain flares up when twisting your thumb and wrist, grasping or making a fist.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis normally occurs from repetitive trauma or overuse of the thumb and wrist in daily activities.
You may check the YouTube link below for a detailed explanation of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.
Benefits of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Exercise
Exercise to strengthen the thumb and the wrists are important as part of the long term recovery form de Quervain syndrome. The exercise can help to relieve tightness in the irritated thumb tendons as well as strengthen the wrist and thumb to help prevent this type of injury in the future. De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis exercise can help to speed up the healing process and reduce your symptoms.
In other words benefit of these exercise may include:
- To strengthen your wrist and thumb muscles
- Decrease inflammation
- Reduce stress on your wrist
- Improve function
- Prevent recurrences.
Dr Tony Setiobudi is an Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital (Orchard), Singapore. He treats bone, joint, muscle and ligament problems in adults and children. He has a special interest in nerve compression and spine problems such as back & neck pain, scoliosis, kyphosis, spine tumor & infection, spinal cord injury, osteoporosis fracture, spinal stenosis and slipped disc.