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What is De Quervain’s Syndrome?

De Quervain’s Syndrome involves with the two tendons and their sheaths that control the top side of the thumb.  These tendons help to move your thumb in a motion of opening and closing your grip.  For a visual of the anatomy, check out this page.

This syndrome is simply the result of inflammation between the tendon and its surrounding sheath.

Imagine a cooked piece of spaghetti inside of a straw. The spaghetti is the tendon, and the straw is the sheath.  The inflammation has accumulated inside the straw(sheath) around the spaghetti (tendon).

How do we fix it?

In this rare case, rest and isolating movement is a sound treatment method.  In addition, Anti-inflammatories and ice may be recommended, and will also help with this condition.

Already tried that route?

Yes, unfortunately this is a very touchy type of syndrome.  Any movement of these tendons can irritate the tendon and sheath causing more inflammation.

A specialist like the ones at Prime Spine Associates can make sure your forearm is healthy.  Adhesion (glue-like substance) can severely alter how the muscles in the forearm work.  This causes unnecessary irritation to these tendons associated with this condition.  Any adhesion present will slow or stop your ability to heal.  Specialized treatment is need to fix this condition completely.

Just like any other type of pain you experience, you should seek a professional’s help.  Although, your primary doctor isn’t your best option in this situation.  Majority of the time you will get you the same information previously discussed about anti-inflammatories and ice.

Seek a soft tissue minded Elma chiropractor like Dr. Brian Zelasko or Dr. Adam McCrea and get a complete diagnosis to help you recover as quickly and as efficiently as possible.  Our treatments are the most effective treatments at removing adhesion in today’s day and age.  We take great pride in staying at the forefront of all manual therapy techniques to make sure we offer the best solution to your pain.

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