De Quervain disease

What is it?

De Quervains disease is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. If you have de Quervains disease, it will probably hurt when you turn your wrist, grasp anything or make a fist.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of de Quervains tenosynovitis include:

  • Pain near the base of your thumb
  • Swelling near the base of your thumb
  • Difficulty moving your thumb and wrist when youre doing something that involves grasping or pinching
  • A “sticking” or “stop-and-go” sensation in your thumb when moving it

If the condition goes too long without treatment, the pain may spread further into your thumb, back into your forearm or both. Pinching, grasping and other movements of your thumb and wrist aggravate the pain.

Home Remedy


  • Wear a brace or splint if suggested by your doctor.
  • Follow through with recommended exercises.


  • Avoid moving your wrists the same way repeatedly.
  • Note activity that causes pain, swelling or numbness in your thumb and wrist, try to avoid it, and share that information with your doctor.

Things to watch out for

GP should be seen as soon as possible if wrist or finger tendon has been ruptured.

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