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