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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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Dr. Arnold Zuckman
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Tenosynovitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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

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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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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Can I have de Quervain's tenosynovitis in both hands?

Yes: If you overuse both thumbs too much, your tendons can protest by becoming inflamed. Especially with mega-texting! ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with de Quervain's tenosynovitis?

Yes: De quervain tenosynovitis very common. It can develop spontaneously or after trauma. I see it commonly in women who recently had children. It develops from a combination of tissue swelling from hormones and from how new mothers lift their babies. Symptoms often resolve spontaneously. Those cases that don't usually respond to a single steroid injection, which is safe while breast feeding. ...Read more

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What can I do about tendonitis or tenosynovitis?

Various things: Depends on the body location and severity. A brace or splint to reduce movement of the tendon for a short period can help. Anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, prescription meds can help. In some cases, an injection can help. When these fail, surgery may be an option. See your primary provider or orthopedist if you are not improving. ...Read more

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I need to know what is trigger thumb /carpal tunnel?

I need to know what is trigger thumb /carpal tunnel?

These are 2 very di-: Fferent conditions; 1: in trigger thumb, the tunnel of tissue in which the tendon passes, narrows enough to cause the triggering (catching) sensation when its moved; 2: in ct syndrome, the main nerve (median) is trapped in a tunnel and pressed against the thick ligament, which forms the roof of the tunnel, resulting in pain, discomfort and numbness/tingling in fingers. ...Read more

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If I don't get tested for carpal tunnel syndrome, what could happen? Will it get worse?

If I don't get tested for carpal tunnel syndrome, what could happen? Will it get worse?

Tws: Most people come in for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) due to the pain and numbness/tingling in the hands. The night time symptoms can be very disruptive. However, the most functionally dibilitating part of cts is muscle wasting. The muscles in the fat part of the thumb are innervated by the median nerve, which is compresses in cts. Eventually you lose the ability to grip or pinch. ...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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How can I know if I've strained something or if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

How can I know if I've strained something or if I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Diagnose wrist sympt: The best way to know is to have a nerve conduction test. Second to that, carpal tunnel syndrome normally causes numbness in the finger tips, straining the wrist causes soreness with movement. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Heard dolly parton did this. What happens if you get rib removal?

Heard dolly parton did this. What happens if you get rib removal?

Not sure she did: Im not sure if she did, but if you remove a rib, you are likely to have radiating pains around your torso from the nerve that runs right on the undersurface of the rib. Rib removal is often done for lung cancer surgery or some spine surgery, but is not typically done for other causes now. ...Read more

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Is peroneal tendon subluxation bad? What can happen from being untreated? I don't wanna end my tennis season early! Can it get worse?

Is peroneal tendon subluxation bad? What can happen from being untreated?  I don't wanna end my tennis season early! Can it get worse?

Time to stop tennis: I assume from the diagnosis you have seen an ortho or podiatrist. If you continue to play, you could develop a trar of the peroneal tendon or avukse the tendon from the bone. Better to miss playing time, than risk surgery that will effect your ability to work. ...Read more

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How much does it take torecover a trigger finger pain after taking a cortisone shot?Pls illustrate where exactly the injection must be taken

How much does it take torecover a trigger finger pain after taking a cortisone shot?Pls illustrate where exactly the injection must be taken

Very quick: I have had trigger finger injections. They do hurt a little. I use a cold spray on the skin to numb that area prior to doing the injection. The injection includes local anesthetic as well. Shot hurts less that the trigger finger locking up. Shot goes in the flexion crease where the finger meets the hand. Good luck. You can do it! ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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De Quervain Tenosynovitis (Definition)

inflammation of the sheath of the extensor tendon to the thumb on the inner ...Read more