DeQuervain’s Syndrome

What is DeQuervains Syndrome?

Occasionally referred to as Washerwoman’s sprain or tenosynovitis, De Quervains Syndrome is an inflammatory disorder affecting 2 tendons that are enclosed in a small compartment which move the thumb outwards from the palm.

What is the cause?

De Quervains Syndrome occurs when the tendons become irritated.

What are the symptoms?

A swelling and tenderness over the tendons that causes an ache down in to the thumb and up/in the forearm.
Pain occurs when movements of the thumb and/or wrist move in the direction away from the palm.
Movement of the thumb and wrist may also be limited and a crackling of the tendon might occur.

What are the treatments?

Treatment may vary dependent on the severity and duration of the condition. Mild symptoms may disappear by themselves.
In some cases your doctor may give you a splint to wear and you may be referred to a Physiotherapist.
Steroid injections may also be given to relieve symptoms.
In more severe cases surgery may be carried out to release the tendons.


As with any surgical procedure you will be advised by your surgeon how best to support rapid healing and rehabilitation.

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