DeQuervain’s disease is an inflammation of tendons in the thumb that causes pain and swelling in the thumb and wrist. The swollen tendons can place pressure within the narrow tunnel of the thumb and cause pain. This condition may be caused by overuse, trauma, repetitive motion or other diseases, and is more common in women than in men, as well as people that have diabetes or arthritis.
Treatment of DeQuervain’s Disease
Treatment for this DeQuervain’s focuses on relieving pain and minimizing swelling. It can usually be treated through conservative methods that include one or more of the following:
- Hand splints or wrist splints
- Resting or immobilizing the hands
- Applying cold packs
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Corticosteroid injections
- Hand or wrist exercises
- Occupational therapy
Most nerve and tendon damage can be repaired when diagnosed early, so it is important to seek thorough medical treatment in order to prevent permanent damage.
Typically non-surgical treatment is recommended for DeQuervain’s, but severe cases may require surgery to make more room for the tendons. The procedure is typically done as outpatient surgery, and most patients go home the same day.
Surgery involves cutting the sheaths surrounding the two thumb tendons, giving the tendons more room to move.
If you are suffering from wrist or thumb pain, contact Dr. Rehman for an evaluation and consultation. As with most medical conditions, early detection, awareness and a comprehensive treatment plan is the most effective way to combat the effects of conditions like DeQuervain’s.
Macomb County DeQuervain’s Disease Doctor: 586.532.0803