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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Orthopedics

Advisor

Dr. Laura Witte, PhD, PA-C

Abstract

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful overuse syndrome causing inflammation of the tendons in the wrist. Initial treatment of de Quervain’s include rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, wrist splints, and corticosteroid injections. These conservative treatments have been shown to be successful for many people; several found relief after only two corticosteroid injections. Newer treatments with holistic medical practices, such as acupuncture, are still being investigated. For patients with sub-compartments (a compartment in the wrist that can further divide the tendons which can cause pain), conservative treatments have been found to be futile. Research indicates surgery as an effective, permanent relief of de Quervain’s in most people both with single and sub-compartment anatomy.

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