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Tenosynovitis is a tendon condition that can restrict the movement of a tendon. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis affects the tendon on the thumb side of the wrist, resulting in pain and restricting the hand and thumb movement. If you have De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, injection treatment can offer relief, available at DOCS Health in Los Angeles, CA.

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis can be caused by a variety of factors. Overuse of the tendon from activities that require gripping or pinching can aggravate the associated tendon, resulting in inflammation that restricts movement of the tendon within the outer sheath. Injuries to the hand or wrist can contribute to this tendon inflammation, as well as conditions such as arthritis. Symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis include:

  • Pain at the base of the thumb
  • Catching sensation when moving the thumb
  • Swelling at base of the thumb
  • Difficulty gripping or pinching

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is more common among individuals between 30-50, and women are at higher risk for this condition. Women can experience this tendon problem during pregnancy. Performing any motions that require gripping or pinching with the thumb can irritate the tendon – this includes writing, gardening, tennis and many common activities.

Wrist and Thumb Pain Relief

To relieve pain and functional issues caused by De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, injection treatment may be recommended. A steroid injection can relieve inflammation that restricts the movement of the tendon. Our pain specialists at DOCS Health will numb the area before the injection is performed. A corticosteroid and anesthetic will be injected near the tendon, which can provide immediate pain relief due to the anesthetic. Over the following days, the steroid will relieve inflammation around the tendon to allow for improved movement and reducing pain in the thumb and wrist.

If you have symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis and want relief, injection therapy may be your best option. To learn more about steroid injections for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, contact our team at DOCS Health in Beverly Hills, CA, to schedule a wrist pain consultation with one of our pain specialists.