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DeQuervain Tenosynovitis

General Description

DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis is a condition will cause extreme pain in the tendons of your wrist closest to the thumb. Any movement involving these tendons will cause pain and can make the condition worse. The condition varies with each individual and can sometimes only require over-the-counter medications, while more intense conditions may require surgery.


It is currently unknown what causes DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis but it is often associated with overworking the wrist either by sudden trauma or through some repetitive motion like something you may do work. This can occur in athletes, laborers, or even in casual day to day settings. Other cases can also include different types of arthritis and previous injuries to the wrist which could scar the tendons.

Typical Treatment

Standard treatment for DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis should begin immediately to best control the healing process and to keep it from recurring for as long as possible. Acetaminophen such as Tylenol, or ibuprofen like Advil are recommended to reduce pain, however if the pain is extreme your doctor may prescribe a stronger medication. Therapy can help with ensuring a successful recovery especially if the condition is extreme and requires surgery.

How to Prevent it

It is important with this type of injury to take proper safety precautions when involved with activities that could lead to DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis. Make sure when exercising to use the proper weights for your size and to correctly wrap your wrists for support. Often these simple things are overlooked and major damage can be the result, be sure to protect your wrists.