What is De Quervain’s Disease and How to Treat It? 

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a common disease among people who experience chronic wrist pains. It’s similar to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). In both conditions, patients experience rising levels of pain and swelling in their wrists. However, patients with de Quervain’s tenosynovitis don’t experience numbness or tingling in their wrists. Only people with CTS experience those symptoms. However, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis by no means is a less severe disease than CTS. It happens when people overuse or overload their wrists. Chronic, repetitive wrist movements cause people’s wrist tendons to inflame. These inflammations add up to cause severe scars in the wrist tendons.

Treating De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

Most people with De Quervain’s disease don’t require surgery. 4 to 6 weeks of physiotherapy, wrist exercises, and anti-inflammatory drugs are sufficient for treating this condition. However, patients must address their wrist pain symptoms as early as possible to prevent further risk. Not addressing the pain in your wrist can cause your tendons to degenerate even further. Constant degeneration of wrist tendons can cause sharp, chronic pain. Get your wrist diagnosed by a doctor 1-2-days after experiencing pain in your wrist tendons. Doctors determine whether the patient has De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis by conducting MRI scans, CT scans, etc. The degree of inflammations in your wrist’s tendons determines whether you have this disease or not.

Is it Possible to Get De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

People with wrist-related problems must learn about this condition. Learn about De Quervain’s disease [เอ็น ข้อ มือ อักเสบ, which is the term in Thai] to avoid it. Secondly, don’t ever risk wrist injuries. If repetitive typing is causing discomfort to your wrists – take a break. If your wrist can’t carry a heavy load, put it down. More importantly, exercise your wrists regularly. The more flexible and active the wrists, the less likely they are to pick up these diseases. Never avoid chronic symptoms of wrist tendonitis.