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Thumb Tendonitis - 3 Steps To Check And Know For Sure

Feb 28, 2008
Our hands are an important to almost any of our daily activities. If we are to injure our hands, wrist or even our fingers can impact how we function normally while playing, at work, at home and in the sport that we do.

When we get a health injury, this can impact how we do things. Some injuries that can happen can be thumb tendinitis and even Dequervains tendinitis. Getting these injuries can happen in a number of different ways.

What is Tendonitis of the Thumb

Let's talk a minute about tendonitis in the thumb. Sometimes this can happen when you have an irritation or swelling of the hand tendons. Usually this will happen on the thumb side of the wrist.

When you have this irritation, the compartment that surrounds the tendon swells. Then the compartment changes shape and the tendon can't move in the compartment the way it should. You are going to feel pain and tenderness in the wrist when you go to make a fist, grab or pinch something or when you turn the wrist.

Thumb tendonitis and a repetitive motion injury

Tasks that require some type of repetitive movements can turn out to be a big problem. You can end up with many different types of problems. Some of them are having severe pain in the hand, you can injure the nerves that run to the hand and wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome). You may even start to have your fingers start to lock or even click (trigger finger) and you can also have severe pain in the thumb.

Thumb Tendonitis, the signs and symptoms

The first thing that will alert you is the pain on the thumb side of the wrist. This can happen gradually, but sometimes, one day it can be there. You can almost think that you have arthritis or some type of arthritic pain. This pain can start in the wrist and travel all the way up the forearm.

The pain is worse when you grasp something or when you twist the wrist. You may see swelling on the thumb side of the wrist. You may on occasion feel a "catching" or "snapping" when you move the thumb. There can be numbness on the back of the thumb and in the index finger.

How can I treat this?

When you start to feel the above symptoms, one of the first things that you can do is start to ice the area. Do this in short 15 minute intervals. You can use a brace or a thumb splint to help prevent movement and for support. The main thing to do is to rest the finger and rest, and stop doing the repetitive movements that caused the problem in the first place. Use some type of anti-inflammatory medicine to reduce the inflammation.

An effective treatment of De Quervain's tendonitis or tendinitis in thumb is that your doctor may prescribe is a cortisone injection around the tendon to help decrease the swelling and provide pain relief.

If these do not help, then surgery may be necessary. This surgery would be come necessary if the pain continues or if it recurs. Surgical treatment is curative. It is a day surgery, with a small incision and then a splint for 10 days. The splint or braces can be used until the sutures are removed.

How to tell if you have Thumb Tendonitis For Sure

Here is a procedure to tell if you have thumb tendonitis or DeQuervain's. It is called Finkelstein test.

* What you need to do first is to make a fist by having the fingers over the thumb.

* The wrist is then bent in the direction of the little finger.

* When a patient is suffering from DeQuervain's tendonitis or even thumb tendinitis, the above procedure can cause quite an amount of pain. Tenderness to the touch is also going to occur on the the base of the thumb.

The above is a great way to know if you are suffering from thumb tendonitis.
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