de Quervain's Tendonitis - Wrist Tendonitis
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Repetitive thumb motions and wrist deviation, moving the wrist towards the side, can irritate the tendons when they move through the tendon sheath. Activities that require such motions include wringing laundry, gardening, and the awkward hand movements required for lifting and caring for a new infant.
De Quervain’s Tendonitis can also cause swelling at the wrist and thumb area. Some individuals develop a fluid-filled cyst in this region. You may hear crackling noises or feel a catch when you move your thumb. Some people have difficulty moving their thumb and wrist.
Following surgery, you will participate in rehabilitation. You will receive therapy treatments to aid wound healing, reduce swelling and ease pain. You will be instructed in strengthening and stretching exercises. You will perform hand coordination exercises and work towards improving your hand grip and finger pinching skills. Your therapist will provide you with a splint to position your hand and promote healing.
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