Physical Therapy Treatment for De Quervain’s Syndrome
De Quervain’s syndrome is an irritation of two tendons that can result in pain and tenderness on the thumb side of the wrist. It occurs when the tendons at the wrist become irritated due to repeated hand or wrist movements. Pain is often reproduced with resisted movements of the thumb.
Physical Therapy treatment includes:
- Soft tissue mobilizations
- Dry needling
- Progressive strengthening of the affected muscles
To assess your progress with physical therapy, we will look at the strength of your thumb, improvements in pain/strength with provocative wrist motions, and track the progress you make towards your individualized goals.
We define patient-centered goals as what you hope to accomplish from physical therapy. While these are typically activity-specific goals, often patients report they just wish to experience less pain.
Arthritis of the thumb can result in pain, tenderness and/or stiffness at the base of the thumb. Patients often report difficulty with pinching and gripping, such as twisting a key, using scissors and opening jars. Patients often present with decreased mobility and strength at their thumb joint.