Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tenosynovitis Thumb Treatment

Initial treatment for De Quervain's tenosynovitis includes rest, cold compresses, elevation, a splint of brace, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. If symptoms of De Quervain's tenosynovitis continue, then corticosteroid medication may be injected into the tissue that surrounds the tendon. In many cases, this relieves symptoms. If injections do not improve symptoms, then treatment involves surgery to relieve the stress on the inflamed tendon. After treatment, physical therapy helps restore muscle strength, range of motion, and function.

Treatment options for De Quervain's tenosynovitis include:

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Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat Dequervain's tenosynovitis:

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Last Updated: Jun 8, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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