De Quervain's

Help for De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

Are you experiencing pain along your thumb and wrist? You may have de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, one of the most common wrist injuries.

What is De Quervain’s tenosynovitis?

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is inflammation of the two tendons that cross your wrist and thumb. It is caused by repetitive wrist movement or holding your wrist in a prolonged position. This is common in new Mother’s due to holding your baby in a prolonged position whilst breast feeding and frequent carrying.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Signs and symptoms include pain across your wrist and thumb, swelling around your wrist or reduced wrist movement if the pain is severe. Pain usually worsens overtime if not treated, and hand physiotherapy is a proven treatment.


How can a Hand Therapist help?

A Hand Therapist will be able to assess your wrist to decide what treatment you need. Treatments can include:

  • Fabricating a custom-made thermoplastic splint

  • Taping

  • Exercises to help reduce pain and improve wrist control

  • Education on modifying activity


Do I need to see a Doctor?

No, you don’t need a Doctor referral to see a Hand Therapist about this condition. Working closely with Hand Surgeons, your Hand Therapist will let you know if they think you need to see one for a surgical opinion.

If you are experiencing wrist pain and like to see our Hand Physiotherapists, get in touch with our physio clinics located across Sydney. We have locations conveniently at Concord, Lidcombe, Marrickville or Chester Hill.