Thumb tendonitis (De Quervain’s tenosynovitis) causes pain in tendons around the base of the thumb, on the inside of the wrist and forearm. Some doctors call it De Quervain’s tendinosis. Both terms refer to inflammation along the thumb.
- It’s a painful inflammation of tendons in your wrist and lower thumb. When the swollen tendons rub against the narrow tunnel they pass through, it causes pain at the base of your thumb and into the lower arm. Doctors often don’t know why you get de Quervain’s tenosynovitis.
- 1 How long does it take for de Quervain’s tendonitis to heal?
- 2 When should I be concerned about thumb pain?
- 3 How long does thumb tendonitis take to heal?
- 4 What does it mean when your thumb hurts when you bend it?
- 5 What happens if De Quervain’s goes untreated?
- 6 How do you test for de Quervain’s?
- 7 What is Dequervain’s disease?
- 8 Is thumb pain related to carpal tunnel?
- 9 What does thumb arthritis feel like?
- 10 Should I massage tendonitis?
- 11 How do I get rid of tendonitis in my thumb?
- 12 Will trigger thumb heal on its own?
- 13 How do I know if I tore a ligament in my thumb?
- 14 How do you treat an inflamed thumb joint?
How long does it take for de Quervain’s tendonitis to heal?
Most people notice improvement after 4 to 6 weeks of treatment. They are able to use their hands and wrists without pain once the swelling is gone.
When should I be concerned about thumb pain?
If you cannot move your thumb, or if it appears crooked after an injury, you should also seek emergency care. If your symptoms are recurrent pain in your joints, knuckles, and wrist, you may have an underlying condition such as carpal tunnel syndrome or basal joint arthritis.
How long does thumb tendonitis take to heal?
It may take 6 to 12 weeks for your hand to heal completely. After you heal, you may be able to move your wrist and thumb without pain.
What does it mean when your thumb hurts when you bend it?
Pain in your thumb could be a sign of injury, overuse, or arthritis. Treatment for mild pain usually involves at-home care and painkillers. In some cases, though, persistent thumb pain may be a sign of an underlying condition or an injury that needs more invasive treatments, such as injections and surgery.
What happens if De Quervain’s goes untreated?
Due to inflammation surrounding the tendons that control thumb movement, De Quervain’s can cause pain and tenderness when moving the thumb or wrist. If left untreated, this pain may spread up through the arm as well.
How do you test for de Quervain’s?
Your doctor will also perform a Finkelstein test, in which you bend your thumb across the palm of your hand and bend your fingers down over your thumb. Then you bend your wrist toward your little finger. If this causes pain on the thumb side of your wrist, you likely have de Quervain’s tenosynovitis.
What is Dequervain’s disease?
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis (dih-kwer-VAINS ten-oh-sine-oh-VIE-tis) is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. If you have de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, it will probably hurt when you turn your wrist, grasp anything or make a fist.
Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms usually start gradually and include: Tingling or numbness. You may notice tingling and numbness in your fingers or hand. Usually the thumb and index, middle or ring fingers are affected, but not your little finger.
What does thumb arthritis feel like?
Swelling, stiffness and tenderness at the base of your thumb. Decreased strength when pinching or grasping objects. Decreased range of motion. Enlarged or bony appearance of the joint at the base of your thumb.
Should I massage tendonitis?
Chronic tendonitis can lead to joints that “lock” up, which means they stop working at all. This happens when the sheath of tissue that surrounds your tendon becomes too narrow because of disease or scarring. No matter the cause of your tendonitis, massage can help prevent this irritating and painful problem.
How do I get rid of tendonitis in my thumb?
Changing your activity, resting the sore thumb, and treating thumb tendonitis with anti-inflammatory medications and heat or ice can improve the pain in a few weeks.
Will trigger thumb heal on its own?
Trigger finger can recur but the condition generally corrects itself after a short while. More severe cases may become locked in the bent position and require surgery to correct it.
How do I know if I tore a ligament in my thumb?
They often include:
- Pain and discomfort at the base of the thumb.
- Bruising at the base of the thumb.
- Swelling at the base of the thumb.
- Tenderness of the thumb, towards the palm of your hand.
- If the ligament is completely torn, the end of the torn ligament may cause a lump on the thumb.
How do you treat an inflamed thumb joint?
- Ice the joint for 5 to 15 minutes several times a day.
- Take an anti-inflammatory medication, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, to help reduce inflammation and swelling.
- Wear a supportive splint to limit the movement of your thumb, and allow the joint to rest and heal.