Dequervains Syndrome

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DeQuervains Syndrome is a painful malady of the wrist. Known by many names, including washerwoman's sprain and stenosing tenosynovitis, the condition involves an inflammation of the tunnels that facilitate tendon movement in the thumb. Symptoms are varied and include pain, swelling, and tingling in the wrist as well as diminished grip strength and dexterity.

DeQuervains Syndrome is one of many repetitive stress injuries in which tendons grow irritated and inflamed. In this particular case, the tendons that run along the thumb become swollen and thick. This in turn impedes their movement through the sheath, allowing the tendon to get stuck in the tunnel.

The common culprit behind DeQuervains Syndrome is repetitive motion in the wrist or forearms. Static flexion of the thumb or trauma to the wrist or hand region can also produce the condition, as can many medical conditions (e.g., arthritis). Although environmental and lifestyle factors play a role, there is strong evidence for its biological underpinnings, and women are significantly more likely to be affected than men.

Exercise remains among the more efficacious treatments for DeQuervains Syndrome. Indeed, the right exercises can lengthen the adductor and flexor tendons in the thumb, and they can increase strength and stability. This in turn protects vulnerable joints. Contact www.repetitive-strain.com for more information on the many benefits of using exercise to treat DeQuervains Syndrome.

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