De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a condition that causes pain and sensitivity in the wrist and thumb. If you believe that your symptoms are linked to your past or present working conditions, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for your FREE no-obligation consultation

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De Quervain’s tenosynovitis claim time limit

We advise speaking to us as soon as you believe that you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. Any cause for delay in beginning your De Quervain’s tenosynovitis compensation claim may be taken into account regarding your personal injury claim time limit. Even if you have since retired or changed career, we may be able to help. For further information, please see What is the personal injury claim time limit? or contact us today for instant answers and peace of mind.

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Symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Any form of tenosynovitis refers to an inflammation of the protective sheath that surrounds the tendon. In the case of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, inflammation and tenderness is felt in the base of the thumb and in the conjoining area of the wrist (pain may also be felt in the lower arm).

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis symptoms

  • Pain in the base of the thumb (at rest)
  • Swelling and sensitivity in the base of the thumb
  • Difficulty when performing tasks that require clasping or pinching
  • Experiencing momentary “sticking” sensations when moving the thumb
  • Pain that radiates from the thumb into the wrist and arm when using the hand

Pain relief – you may be able to reduce your discomfort through holding the thumb in a natural ‘rest’ position. Avoid making any pinching movements and avoid making sideways movements with the wrist. You may also find that applying a cold compress to the affected area helps to alleviate your symptoms.

Causes of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

When using one of your hands to grip an object, or when using both of your hands together to grasp and twist items such as screw-top bottles or wet towels, two main tendons are used. These tendons pass through the wrist and lower thumb, and they are each covered by protective sheaths. Over use of the tendons can cause friction between the tendon and the protective sheath, resulting in irritation and inflammation – this can cause pain and sensitivity in the thumb and wrist.

Occupations at risk of developing De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

  • Creative occupations – musicians, artists, sculptors, hair stylists, etc.
  • Construction workers or any occupation requiring regular use of tools
  • Occupations involving intensive typing (keyboards and mobile devices)

The condition is also linked to women with new born babies – repetitively positioning the hands to support the baby’s head can place subtle but continuous strain on the tendons in the wrist and thumb.

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis compensation

If you believe that your De Quervain’s tenosynovitis symptoms are linked to your past or present working conditions, speak to our dedicated team of industrial disease solicitors today.

Depending on the circumstances of your De Quervain’s tenosynovitis claim, we may be able to help you to access expert medical care and tailored rehabilitation support. For further information on the types of rehabilitation that may be available, please see my rehabilitation

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