De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
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- What has happened?
- What should I expect?
- What should I do?
- What should I not do?
- Will I be followed up?
- What if I have concerns/questions?
What has happened?
- You may have a condition called De Quervain's tenosynovitis - this is a painful condition affecting the tendons in the thumb and side of the wrist
- This is a relatively common condition and usually affects the dominant wrist (writing hand)
- It can be caused by overuse or injury
What should I expect?
- This is a painful condition, with pain worsening when gripping or raising objects and as the day progresses
- It may take several months for symptoms to improve
What should I do?
- This condition is managed initially with resting the wrist, which can be helped by a thumb splint
- You do not need to wear the splint at all times, it is for your own comfort
- Take regular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, as needed. It my take 2-4 weeks before an improvement in your symptoms is noted
What should I not do?
- There are no specific limitations on what you can and cannot do
Will I be followed up?
- No, these injuries often settle without further treatment
- If you are experiencing ongoing significant pain after a few weeks of treatment, please see your GP to determine if a referral to orthopaedics is appropriate
- Occasionally you may need further treatment from the orthopaedic team
What if I have concerns/questions?
- If your injury is not settling after 6 weeks or you have other concerns, you should see your GP first - take your ACC form/number with you if you have it