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.

These are conditions that effect the upper extremity. This commonly includes:

  • Tennis Elbow
  • De Quervain’s Disease
  • Trigger Digits

A little known fact is that these disorders (along with carpal tunnel syndrome) are hereditary and are seldom caused by injury or overuse, although certain activities can increase the symptoms. We are the only practice in the area that can perform a Percutaneous Trigger Release in our office . . . Sometimes on the first visit!



If you are experiencing pain or stiffness of the thumb and wrist, you may have tendonitis. To get more information on diagnosis and treatment options, please contact us here.