DeQuervain’s tendinitis is characterized by pain and swelling of the thumb-side of the wrist. Recurrent irritation of thetendonitiswrist tendon and its sheath make it difficult and painful for the tendons to function normally. Pain that occurs when grasping or pinching, and tenderness over the wrist are the most common symptoms of tendonitis. Sometimes a lump can be felt in this area.
Treatment : Tendinitis symptoms may improve with short periods of rest in a splint and by stretching exercises designed to get the tendons gliding again. Resting the tendon often allows the inflammation to decrease. Avoiding or modifying the activities that led to the onset of symptoms may be necessary.
Icing wrist tendinitis can help decrease inflammation. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may help control pain, and decrease inflammation and swelling of the soft tissues. A steroid injection can frequently cure the condition. More severe cases may require surgery. The operation entails opening the covering that surrounds the tendons to create more room for the irritated tendons. Afterward, physical therapy is usually prescribed to restore normal use of the hand.