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Wrist pain is something no blogger wants to experience because it can get in the way of productivity. I create articles and books and write for a living. Being able to use my hands is so important! With that in mind, we are going to take a look at one of the main types of wrist pain and the treatment available. The condition that we are referring to is DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis. Continue reading to discover everything that you need to know about it.
DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis is a condition that affects the extensor pollicis brevis (EPB) and the abductor pollicis longus (APL), both of which are thumb tendons that run alongside each other on the inside edge of your wrist. There is then the tenosynovium, which is a tunnel that helps to hold these tendons in place, and when this tunnel becomes inflamed people suffer from DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, which can cause pain and restricts the movement of the two tendons within the tunnel.
There are many different causes of DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, yet most of them tend to relate to poor hand on wrist posture or overuse. Some common causes include arthritic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, scar tissue from a previous injury, inflammation that leads to swelling, holding your hand at an angle that creates a compression point that rubs the tendon excessively and repeated hand and thumb motions, such as squeezing, pinching and grasping, which can lead to tenosynovitis inflammation.
How can you tell if you have DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis?
You will usually experience pain that begins on the thumb side of your forearm, close to the wrist, and you may even hear the two tendons creak. It is important to book a physiotherapist as quickly as possible because if you leave this condition untreated, the pain will then start to spread further down the wrist and into the thumb and up the forearm too. A lot of people will also turn to a dispensary in order to get what they need to help them manage the pain. After all, physiotherapy is not something that is going to get rid of the problem overnight.
Nevertheless, a specialist physiotherapist will ensure any pain you are experiencing is eradicated while also returning movement to the two tendons so you can get back to normal functionality. To do this, they will begin their session by accurately diagnosing the issue, which usually requires a standard clinical examination. The diagnosis stage is of paramount importance, as it ensures they can put together the most efficient treatment plan, which will include an array of different techniques, including various exercises and massage treatments. They will also provide you with information regarding self-care so that you can manage the condition effectively at home.
You can rest assured that you are in the best possible hands with an experienced specialist, as all of the experienced therapists boast an extensive amount of experience and all of the necessary qualifications. If you have any further questions about DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, your therapist should be able to explain this to you so that you get a better understanding.
Please note: all articles are written on SimpleStepsForLivingLife are ONLY my opinions and should NEVER replace that of a medical professional. This series of posts are about what I have learned from having surgery and being about to have surgery again. I am not a medical professional at all, please consult with your doctor or a medical professional when it comes to anything to do with your health.