DeQuervain's Disease

If you have noticed pain and soreness of your wrist on the thumb side you may have a condition called deQuervain's disease. This is usually a result of irritation and swelling in the compartment around the tendon that you use to move your thumb. Often times symptoms include swelling and pain with increased symptoms with use of the wrist. Causes of this condition are usually from repetitive use or overuse of the hands and wrists and are frequently work related. This condition is very treatable and often relieved with medication, splinting and resting the wrist. A cortisone injection is also usually quite helpful. If symptoms persist despite all conservative measures, surgical release of the tendon may need to be considered. This is done on an outpatient basis under local or regional anesthesia. For best results, early treatment is advised so please call for evaluation and further consultation.


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