Phone: 614-262-4263 (HAND)

Condition Overviews

What is DeQuervain’s?

DeQuervain’s usually occurs on the same side of your wrist as your thumb. Our tendons in this area are covered by a sheath as they slide in and out during motion. However, because of repetitive motion, our tendon sheath can sometimes become inflamed and restrict the movement of the tendons below, causing pain and limited movement.

What causes DeQuervain’s?

Repeating a motion for extended periods of time may cause the sheath around our tendons to become inflamed. This sheath around those tendons on the thumb side of our wrist thicken and swell, restricting the movement of our wrist and causing significant pain.

Sometimes DeQuervain’s can be caused by rheumatoid arthritis or a wrist injury that has caused scar tissue to build up around the tendons.

What are the symptoms?

Some of the symptoms you may experience if affected by DeQuervain’s are:

  • Swelling of the base of the thumb
  • Limited movement near the thumb
  • Wrist pain
  • A sticking sensation in the wrist where the sheath is catching the tendons

How could Hand and Microsurgery Associates help me?

Depending on the severity of the injury, an HMA Specialist may splint your hand to help the healing process.

In some circumstances, treatment may entail surgically opening the thickened sheath of the thumb-side tendons to release pressure so that those tendons can glide freely. Physical Therapy is almost always prescribed after surgery and treatment to aid in rehabilitation.

Stay current. Join our newsletter.

Available 24 hours a day.

We’re the only group of specially trained hand surgeons in Central Ohio who provide on-call emergency care, 365 days a year.

One-stop care resource.

Our on-site surgery and therapy centers allow us to provide patients with comprehensive, advanced treatment in one convenient location.

Referrals not required.

While we strive to keep your primary care physician informed of the care you receive, we are happy to see you without a referral.