Information about Tenosynovitis
We Have to Know about the Tenosynovitis
- Tendons’ slippery covering becomes inflamed, restricting movement of the tendons
Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions
Causes of Tenosynovitis
- Chronic overuse of your wrist
- Direct injury to your wrist or tendon; scar tissue can restrict movement of the tendons
- Inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis
Do’s and Don’ts of Tenosynovitis
- If possible, make a conscious effort to avoid repetitive wrist and hand movements and pinching with your thumb when moving your wrist from side to side.
- If you have a job that involves intensive use of your hands or wrists, try to make adjustments in your daily routines to reduce the stress on your wrists.
Signs & Symptoms of Tenosynovitis
- Numbness in the back of your thumb and index finger, caused by the swollen tendon rubbing on a nerve
- A fluid-filled cyst in the same region as the swelling and pain
- Difficulty moving your thumb and wrist when you’re doing activities that involve grasping or pinching
- A “sticking” or “stop-and-go” sensation in your thumb when trying to move it
- A squeaking sound as the tendons try to move back and forth through the inflamed sheaths
Medical advice for Tenosynovitis
- If pain persists for more than 3 days
Risk factors of Tenosynovitis
- Office workers
Treatment for Tenosynovitis
- Immobilization of the part
Self-care for Tenosynovitis
- Avoid repetitive hand and wrist movements.
- Wear a brace or splint if suggested by your doctor.
- Follow through with recommended exercises.
- Take special note of any activity that causes pain, swelling or numbness in your thumb and wrist, try to avoid it and share that information with your doctor.
Investigations for Tenosynovitis
- MRI scan