If you are concerned that you may become a patient of De Quervain’s there are steps you can take to avoid the condition. If you already have De Quervain’s there are ways to alleviate inflammation and pain.
Ways to avoid this condition
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a condition caused by repetitive wrist movements that leads to inflammation of the sheaths that surround the tendons in the area. When the sheaths become inflamed it leaves less room for the tendons to move.
If you are practicing repetitive movements like knitting, typing, or gardening this may aggravate the condition. Try to avoid stressing the area by frequently changing your movement pattern and resting after set periods of time. You can try to wear a splint on your wrist and thumb area if the pain persists.
Ways to treat the condition
If you recognize and treat your symptoms early, you will likely stem the symptoms from progressing and causing further problems in the future. Initial treatments will include wearing a splint to keep your thumb and wrist straight so that your tendons can rest.
You can also try the De Quervains Wand or anti-inflammatory over-the-counter drugs to help alleviate the pain and inflammation.
Avoiding activities that aggravate the affected area is also a must to avoid further deterioration of the area. Ice can be helpful when applied to the wrist and thumb to decrease inflammation.
You should also plan to visit your doctor or physical therapist for exercises and a plan to decrease pain and inflammation.
These are some of the most effective and easiest ways to avoid De Quervain’s Syndrome. However, if you do have the condition you know how to treat it before it progresses further.