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Dr. Arnold Zuckman
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Tenosynovitis (Overview)

When a tendon--for example, in your hand--becomes inflamed, it can sometimes cause pain, clicking, or even locking of the finger. This condition can be treated with nsaids, local cortisone injections, or occasionally surgery.


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What are the symptoms of tenosynovitis?

What are the symptoms of tenosynovitis?

Pain/swelling/stiff: Tenosynovitis presents with symptoms of pain, swelling and stiffness. The inflammation around the tendon (synovitis) leads to pain and stiffness. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Zuckman
120 Doctors shared insights

Tenosynovitis (Overview)

When a tendon--for example, in your hand--becomes inflamed, it can sometimes cause pain, clicking, or even locking of the finger. This condition can be treated with nsaids, local cortisone injections, or occasionally surgery.


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Intense pain w/ high freq us at pt. W/in hour had pain large swelling front of ankle. Diagnosed as tenosynovitis of ant tib. Tendon damage or rupture?

Intense pain w/ high freq us at pt. W/in hour had pain large swelling front of ankle. Diagnosed as tenosynovitis of ant tib. Tendon damage or rupture?

Inflammation: Anterior tendon tenosynovitis means you have an inflamed sheath or covering of a tendon that crosses the front of your ankle. A good quality MRI would confirm the dx. If the inflammation continues or you sustain an injury which stresses this tendon it could then rupture. Uncommon though; posterior tibial tendon rupture much more common. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tenosynovitis in my wrist and I may have to get a cortisone shot. Does anyone know if there are other options?

What to do if I have tenosynovitis in my wrist and I may have to get a cortisone shot. Does anyone know if there are other options?

Bracing: If u have the most common tenosynovitis of the 'wrist', or thumb (deQuervain's) then Velcro bracing or thumb spica splinting can be helpful; also rest from activities which aggravate the pain, NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, etc.) and a compounding NSAID / pain cream (topical) may all be helpful prior to cortisone injection. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Does de Quervain's tenosynovitis usually cause many symptoms?

Does de Quervain's tenosynovitis usually cause many symptoms?

De quervains: I have found that a soft neoprene splint works well for dequervain's tenosynovitis.
A soft splint tends to inhibit the thumb and wrist from going toward the extremes of motion (the position of thumb extension -hitchhiking- and simultaneous radial deviation of the wrist--moving your wrist and hand toward the thumb side and the opposite, turning the wrist away form the thumb side while reaching or. ...Read more

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How do you treat tenosynovitis in wrist?

How do you treat tenosynovitis in wrist?

Braces: Splinting and braces. Try and rest the tendons that are aggravated. Physical therapy maybe helpful as well. ...Read more

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What's the most effective way to treat chronic tenosynovitis?

What's the most effective way to treat chronic tenosynovitis?

Etiology?: An important component to any treatment is establishish how the injury occured to begin with. For example, if you have a flatfoot, this will place undue pressure on the tendons that run on the inside of your ankle or posterior tibial tendon. If however, they were injured from an accident the biomechanics may not play such an important role.
Bracing, physical therapy and possibly "prp" injections. ...Read more

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How do you recommend treating tenosynovitis?

How do you recommend treating tenosynovitis?

In the Hand?: This is most commonly a hand condition. If so, this is treated with nsaids like ibuprofen, a wrist brace limiting the motion of the involved tendon, ice over the tendon, reduction in usage of the involved tendon for many days and often weeks. If no improvement after several weeks and it is really bad then injections with small doses of corticosteroids is next. Surgery after months of no improveme. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my tenosynovitis?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my tenosynovitis?

Rest and ibuprofen: Tenosynovitis is inflammtion and often swelling of the sheath that surrounds a tendon. Usually with time, relative rest and possible use of nsaids it will resolve on it's own. If it does not you may need to consult a physician. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for tenosynovitis?

Ice, rest, nsaids: Try to limit use of the hand as much as possible especially with
computer work. Try ice and nsaids to decrease the swelling and
tenderness. If the finger is actually locking, it may be necessary
to get a local cortisone injection or even a surgical release. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tenosynovitis?

Pain/swelling/stiff: Tenosynovitis presents with symptoms of pain, swelling and stiffness. The inflammation around the tendon (synovitis) leads to pain and stiffness. ...Read more

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Tenosynovitis has anyone knowledge of it?

Tendon Inflammation: This is a condition that describes the inflammation if a tendon and it's surrounding sheath. It generally hurts with movement and is treated with immobilization anti-inflammatory meds, ice, bracing and last resort surgery. It is commonly seen in the wrist or fingers. See your doctor for appropriate diagnosis and exam. ...Read more

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How do you recommend treating tenosynovitis?

In the Hand?: This is most commonly a hand condition. If so, this is treated with nsaids like ibuprofen, a wrist brace limiting the motion of the involved tendon, ice over the tendon, reduction in usage of the involved tendon for many days and often weeks. If no improvement after several weeks and it is really bad then injections with small doses of corticosteroids is next. Surgery after months of no improveme. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of tenosynovitis?

Pain: Tenosynovitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the tendon which is the part of a muscle that attaches to a bone. The locaion of the pain depends on what muscle is affected. Typically performing the muscle's usual action against a little resistance will elicit the pain. Also direct palpation over the tendon will elicit tenderness. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat chronic tenosynovitis?

Chronic is bad: Chronic tenosynovitis is likely caused by repetitive strain type injury. Figure out just what that is and your on your way to helping the condition. NSAIDs, rest and bracing may help but localized injections of steroid and even surgery may be indicated. You need a specialist to help you with you decision. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tenosynovitis?

Tendon inflammation: When a tendon such ad one of the flexor tendons in the hand becomes inflamed it can sometimes cause pain, clicking or even locking of the finger
the problem is usually treated with nsaids, local cortisone injections or occasionally surgery. ...Read more

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What's the most effective way to treat chronic tenosynovitis?

Etiology?: An important component to any treatment is establishish how the injury occured to begin with. For example, if you have a flatfoot, this will place undue pressure on the tendons that run on the inside of your ankle or posterior tibial tendon. If however, they were injured from an accident the biomechanics may not play such an important role.
Bracing, physical therapy and possibly "prp" injections. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best way to treat chronic tenosynovitis?

Rest, steroid inject: Depending on location, rest (sometimes even a cast), steroid injection, debride surgically. Sometimes removing osteophytes and reinserting ligaments or tendons is necessary. Different structures (achilles tendon, rotator cuff, trochanter) respond differently and need special considerations. ...Read more

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What is dequervain's tenosynovitis?

Wrist tendinitis: Dequervain's tendinitis is the name for a tendinitis related to the thumb tendons at the wrist. This form of tendinitis is very commonly seen in young parents, due to repetitively lifting their new, and ever-growing infants. The majority of patients can be treated by splinting, nsaids, and up to three steroid injections in the tendon sheath. Less <5% require surgery, but respond well if do. ...Read more

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What is de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

Inflammation: Tenosynovitis is inflammation of the sheath surrounding a tendon. This sheath is responsible for tendon health and production of a small amount of fluid for lubrication. If this area gets inflamed, swelling and pain occur. Dequervains involves a specific tendon sheath of the tendons going to your thumb on the side of the wrist. It improves with rest & ibuprofen, steroid injections, rare surgery. ...Read more

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What is de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

What is de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

Couple of things: Rest, immobilization, compression, anti-inflamatory medication.

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How to get over tenosynovitis?

How to get over tenosynovitis?

Etiology?: An important component to any treatment is establishish how the injury occured to begin with. For example, if you have a flatfoot, this will place undue pressure on the tendons that run on the inside of your ankle or posterior tibial tendon. If however, they were injured from an accident the biomechanics may not play such an important role.
Bracing, physical therapy and possibly "prp" injections. ...Read more

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How can I treat de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

Depends: Those with mild symptoms can benefit from protective splinting, nsaids, icing and stretching. More severe cases, such as those seen after trauma or durning/after pregnancy usually don't respond to anything other than a corticosteroid injection. I treat many conditions with corticosteroid injections, but this is one of the few conditions that can actually be cured with one treatment. ...Read more

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Can you die from de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

Can you die from de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

No!!: It can impair comfortable use of the wrist and thumb but is not a danger to health. ...Read more

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Question: what is de Quervain's tenosynovitis really?

Tenosynovaginitis: Yes, that word. It's a problem of the tendon, it's lining, and the sheath of one of the thumb tendons. They get irritated and enflamed. It's quite painful. They become thick and hard so the tendon can't slide normally. This just makes things worse. Early on, the first month or two, a cortisone shot and a brace can be effective treatment. Later, it requires surgery. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

Injection then surg: Cortisone shot and wrist brace that holds the thumb can be an excellent treatment. If that doesn't work, then do the small surgery. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

What kind of condition is de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

DeQuervains: This is a thickening of the tendons on the palm side of the hand. These are the gripping tendons (flexor tendons) and is treatable with steroid and novocaine injections, or if needed surgery. Application of a solution of DMSO with a steroide is sometimes very helpful. ...Read more

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What happens once you have de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

What happens once you have de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

It hurts: Mainly, it hurts. If it gets bad enough, it can lock up the tendon. I recently had a patient who had it so bad that the tendon had locked in way that cocked her wrist to the side. Surgery fixed it and she was soooo happy! ...Read more

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Can I die from de Quervain's tenosynovitis if I ignore it?

NO you won't die!: But you will suffer with pain if you wait. This is a condition easily treated and you will be grateful for it! Get a cortisone shot if you haven't had it already. Surgery if shot doesn't work! ...Read more

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What's your opinion on treating de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

What's your opinion on treating de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

DeQuervain's options: It depends on the stage of the problem and what has or hasn't worked for the individual. The way I treat a new case with no previous treatment is splinting and activity modification for work and home along with a trial of antiinflammatory medication. Further treatment depends on the success or lack thereof and may include steroid injection, casting, physical therapy and surgery. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like de Quervain's tenosynovitis go away quickly?

With surgery, very: Quickly. With avoidance of inciting activity and splinting and anti inflammmatiries ice pretty quickly but may come back quickly. Common in women w young baby. ...Read more

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Does de Quervain's tenosynovitis usually cause many symptoms?

De quervains: I have found that a soft neoprene splint works well for dequervain's tenosynovitis.
A soft splint tends to inhibit the thumb and wrist from going toward the extremes of motion (the position of thumb extension -hitchhiking- and simultaneous radial deviation of the wrist--moving your wrist and hand toward the thumb side and the opposite, turning the wrist away form the thumb side while reaching or. ...Read more

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Should I still go to work if I have de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

What is your job?: In general yes. Therapy usually does not required to stop work. You will need a correct diagnosis and some of the following: splinting, occupational therapy, medications and sometimes injections. It involves the tendon that extends the thumb. If your work might cause repititive injury to the tendon your job may need to be modified. In general therapy does not require not going to work. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

What are the most common symptoms of de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

Pain: Pain at the wrist bone on the thumb side. It's usually quite painful. Sometimes in bad cases there may be a "popping". ...Read more

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Do lots of people get de Quervain's tenosynovitis, or is it unusual?

Not too common: Relatively speaking it is not too common, but I see at least 1 patient a day in the office with dequervains. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

Inflammation: Tenosynovium is a sheath/tissue that surrounds many of our tendons. When this sheath gets inflammed we call it tenosynovitis. De Quervain's is tenosynovitis of two tendons in the wrist just below the thumb (abductor pollicis longus and extensor pollicis brevis). ...Read more