De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Treatment in Kansas City, MO

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful condition of the tendons of your wrist and lower thumb. For easy hand movement, the two tendons must move smoothly through the narrow tunnel that attaches them to the base of your thumb.

With de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, your tendons get swollen and cause inflammation to the sheaths covering them. This causes pain and numbness. You may also experience difficulty moving your wrist and thumb.

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Symptoms of de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

Pain and swelling near the base of your thumb
A snapping feeling when you move your thumb
Pain that worsens with movement of your hand, thumb, or wrist

What Causes de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

The exact cause of de Quervain’s tenosynovitis is still unknown. But activities that involve repetitive hand or wrist movement may worsen the condition. Direct injury and inflammatory arthritis may also be a factor.

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Test

Diagnosing de Quervain’s tenosynovitis involves a simple test called the Finkelstein test.

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Treatment

If left untreated, it can permanently limit movement. Treatment includes:

  • Medications
  • Wearing a splint
  • Heat or ice packs
  • Avoiding some activities
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery

Outpatient surgery can help if other treatments don’t provide relief or your case is severe. The goal is to reduce pain and swelling, improve movement, and prevent a recurrence.

At Orthopedic Health of Kansas City, we can help you get back to doing the things you love.

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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Doctors


If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City hand and wrist specialists. They will perform a complete examination, diagnosing and ultimately treating any problem. From simple physical therapy to complicated surgery, you’re in good hands with Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and we will do what it takes to get you active again.