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De Quervain’s Syndrome (Washerwoman’s sprain)

May 25, 2017 0
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De Quervain syndrome usually occurs after repetitive use, especially wringing, of the wrist. It often develops in new mothers, probably because they repeatedly wash dishes and pick up their baby by stretching out their arms and using only their wrists. It can also develop with rheumatoid arthritis. This condition is also common to people who use their hands in repetitive motions, such as constant gripping, forcefully bending the wrist, placing the wrist in awkward positions, or engaging in lifting or pinching activities. It can also be caused by direct trauma or sudden incorrect lifting.

Below are the following symptoms:

  • Pain and swelling near the base of the thumb.
  • Tenderness above the wrist when touched.
  • Difficulty with gripping, pinching, squeezing or moving the wrist from side to side, such as when waving.
  • Problems with lifting or carrying a baby or an object.
  • Restriction or “sticking” sensation in the thumb or wrist with movement. Treatments
  • A splint that stops you from moving your thumb and wrist.
  • Exercise

You may do these exercises when it is not painful to move your hand.

  • Opposition stretch: Rest your hand on a table, palm up. Touch the tip of your thumb to the tip of your little finger. Hold this position for 6 seconds and then release. Repeat 10 times.
  •  Wrist stretch: Press the back of the hand on your injured side with your other hand to help bend your wrist. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Next, stretch the hand back by pressing the fingers in a backward direction. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Keep the arm on your injured side straight during this exercise. Do 3 sets.
  • Wrist flexion: Hold a can or hammer handle in your hand with your palm facing up. Bend your wrist upward. Slowly lower the weight and return to the starting position. Do 2 sets of 15. Gradually increase the weight of the can or weight you are holding.
  • Wrist radial deviation strengthening: Put your wrist in the sideways position with your thumb up. Hold a can of soup or a hammer handle and gently bend your wrist up, with the thumb reaching toward the ceiling. Slowly lower to the starting position. Do not move your forearm throughout this exercise. Do 2 sets of 15.
  • Wrist extension: Hold a soup can or hammer handle in your hand with your palm facing down. Slowly bend your wrist up. Slowly lower the weight down into the starting position. Do 2 sets of 15. Gradually increase the weight of the object you are holding.
  • Grip strengthening: Squeeze a soft rubber ball and hold the squeeze for 5 seconds. Do 2 sets of 15.
  • Finger spring: Place a large rubber band around the outside of your thumb and fingers. Open your fingers to stretch the rubber band. Do 2 sets of 15.’

If you’re looking for a chiropractor somewhere near Bellevue, Federal Way and Lakewood, WA, Blue Spring Chiropractic has 3 clinics in the said area. We specialise in treating neck pain, car accident injuries, personal injury, and a whole lot more. For more questions about how chiropractic care can treat neck pain, feel free to ask our Chiropractors. Call (800)-719-4124  to get those questions answered.


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