Your orthopedist will assess your case and perform a physical examination of your hand to see if you feel pain when you press on your wrist. They will also apply the Finkelstein test which consists of folding the thumb over the palm of the hand and then wrapping it with the fingers and flexing the wrist towards the little finger.
If it causes pain in the wrist on the side of the thumb, the diagnosis is confirmed. The treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis consists of reducing the inflammation and recovering the mobility of the thumb through:
- Cryotherapy in the affected area.
- Injectable corticosteroids.
- Immobilization of the thumb and wrist with a splint to support the tendons and keep them straight.
- Physical therapy to learn exercises to strengthen the hands, wrists, and arms, as well as to reduce pain.
- In severe cases, the option is surgery.
Within four to six weeks, the discomfort should subside. If De Quervain’s tenosynovitis develops during pregnancy, symptoms may fade toward the end of pregnancy or breastfeeding.
At the Orthopedics and Traumatology Center, we seek to improve the lives of patients restricted or immobilized by musculoskeletal disorders or injuries. We specialize in the care of the locomotor system by integrating the latest medical, biological, and technological advances, in strict adherence to the highest international standards of patient care.