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.
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.
Some of the symptoms you may experience if affected by DeQuervain’s are:
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.
We’re the only group of specially trained hand surgeons in Central Ohio who provide on-call emergency care, 365 days a year.
Our on-site surgery and therapy centers allow us to provide patients with comprehensive, advanced treatment in one convenient location.
While we strive to keep your primary care physician informed of the care you receive, we are happy to see you without a referral.