De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is also commonly known as De Quervain’s Disease, Gamers Thumb, Texting Thumb, or Mommy’s Wrist. It occurs when there is inflammation of the tendon sheaths that help your fingers in their movement.
The most frequently affected digit is the thumb, and the reasons for De Quervain can range from excessive texting or typing to engaging in any activity that puts your thumb in repetitive strain. It also has a varied set of presentations, which depend on what level of inflammation you are suffering from.
However, fundamentally, the problem is the same with a similar outcome. Most formal diagnoses of De Quervains will be made by a doctor.
Symptoms to watch out for:
If any of your activities, whether at home or work, involve repeated use of the thumb then you are at risk for this condition. The problem usually starts off with mild discomfort at the point where your finger or thumb meets the palm.
Further escalating concerns might include severe pain, limitation in movement of your fingers, numbness. Carefully monitor continued concerns with the thumb and consult a medical professional promptly, as these issues can cause problems with the nerves of your hands, which might need surgery to resolve.
Before this happens, however, you do have other options to help alleviate the pain and get the condition under control.
How to Treat:
There are many ways to treat De Quervain’s Disease, but they all revolve around resting the sheaths and reducing inflammation so that the symptoms diminish. You can refrain from any such activities that might cause you to get your finger or thumb stressed in the first place.
If that doesn’t help, you can always go for systemic treatment or rehabilitative measures such as using a De Quervains Wand.
As this condition is not so debilitating, this is likely to cure your ailment. If, however, it still does not help you in your process of recovery, you might have to consider surgery as a last resort. Your doctor can offer valid options for whichever stage of trigger finger symptoms you find yourself.