Thumb Tenosynovitis 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:
- Apply a cold compress:
- Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
- Splint for De Quervain's tenosynovitis
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Acetaminophen for pain
- Corticosteroid injections for De Quervain's tenosynovitis:
- An injection of steroid mixed with an anesthetic into the area of the tendon
- Surgery for De Quervain's tenosynovitis:
- Opens the tissue that surrounds the tendon, on order to relieve pressure against the tendon
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