Tendinitis of the Wrist
DeQuervain’s stenosing tenosynovitis is most common in adult women between the ages of 30 and 50. It is an irritation and swelling of the sheath or tunnel which surrounds the thumb tendons as they pass from the wrist to the thumb. Pain when grasping or pinching with tenderness and swelling over the inside of the wrist are the most common symptoms. Sometimes a lump or thickening can be felt in this area. This is usually a hereditary disorder that can be aggravated by pregnancy and overuse. I usually treat this initially with a steroid injection, but it is easily cured with a ten minute operation.
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