If you are experiencing pain when you try to grip something or make a fist, you may have inflammation of the tendons in your hand. De Quervain’s tendinosis is a very common type of tendon inflammation that is often accompanied by the following symptoms:
- Swelling in your palm at the base of your thumb
- Pain in the base of your thumb
- Reduced range of motion in your thumb and wrist when gripping
If you experience these symptoms, visit the hand experts at the Hand and Shoulder Center in Savannah, GA as soon as possible to prevent making the condition worse. We’ll make sure you get back to optimal mobility as soon as possible.
To make a diagnosis of de Quervain’s tendinosis, we need to get a thorough understanding of what symptoms you are experiencing and of your medical history. De Quervain’s can be caused by injury, arthritis, or repetitive motion, so it is crucial that we take time to understand each individual’s situation before coming up with a treatment plan for de Quervain’s.
At the Hand and Shoulder Center, we always begin treatment with the most conservative methods. For de Quervain’s tendinosis, we often suggest the following treatment options:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Cold compress
- Resting the thumb in a splint
- Steroid injection
- Physical therapy and stretching
With de Quervain’s tendinosis, surgery is rarely necessary. However, if the condition is severe enough and other treatment methods are unsuccessful, we may recommend a surgical release of the tendon.
At the Hand and Shoulder Center, we provide expert orthopedic care from hand to shoulder. We take pride in providing a comfortable, spa-like environment for diagnosing and treating your hand, elbow, and shoulder ailments. Our goal is to ensure each patient feels like they had a personalized experience and that each treatment matches the patient’s goals. If you are experiencing pain in your hand or upper extremities, please schedule an appointment with the Hand and Shoulder Center today.