Generally an overuse injury affecting the thumb, De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis presents
as discomfort and pain whilst turning the wrist and grasping objects. It is caused
by an inflammation of the tendon sheath surrounding two tendons in the thumb, abductor
pollicis longus and extensor pollicis brevis.
De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is usually caused by overuse, e.g. knitting, gardening,
typing, but Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferer’s are also at risk.
Treatments for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis include resting the thumb, avoiding activities
which cause discomfort, cortisone injections and immobilisation of the area.
At Orthotic Specialist Centre, we support the thumb in a splint (orthosis) which
can immobilise the affected area, but still allow you to perform most activities
with the affected hand. We can also manufacture a custom made moulded wrist splint
(orthosis) if necessary.