DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis

DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis Diagnosis


DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis is an inflammation of tendons at the base of the thumb and side of the wrist. It causes pain in the wrist and hand when grasping, turning the wrist or making a fist. It is frequently seen in mothers with an infant.

  • Pain and Swelling at the thumb’s base.
  • Stiffness in movement of thumb and wrist.
  • Squeaking sound as tendons move through inflamed tissue tunnel surrounding them.

This condition is diagnosed through a physical exam of the hand and wrist by a physician. Often, a test called the Finkelstein maneuver is performed. The test requires the patient fold the thumb across the palm, bend the fingers over the thumb, and bend the hand toward the small finger to see if the motion produces pain.

  • Resting the affected area.
  • Splinting.
  • Anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen to reduce inflammation.
  • Steroid injections to reduce inflammation.
  • Surgery to release pressure on affected tendons.

Dr. Fiore specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and fellowship trained in hand surgery. For more information on treatment options, or to schedule a consultation, call Fiore Hand and Wrist at (281) 970-8002.

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