De Quervain’s tenosynovitis (dih-kwer-VAINS ten-oh-sine-oh-VIE-tis) is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. If you have this condition, it will probably hurt when you turn your wrist, grasp anything or make a fist. The source of the pain is of a tendon located at the base of the thumb. This condition is most commonly associated with people who are constantly using their wrist and thumb. (i.e. mechanic who is constantly twisting his wrist all day or even hair stylist due to the constant brushing action). Finkelstein’s Test is a simple test to see if this is the reason behind your wrist pain. Coincidentally, it is also the recommended daily stretch that should be done throughout the day to lengthen the tendons.


Chiropractic adjustments can be made to the small carpal bones. When the bones are misaligned or fixated, they can bind off the small tendons and muscles of the wrist. Graston therapy and Rapid Release tool are very effective in alleviating De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis symptoms. Sometimes a night splint is necessary due to injury happening at night. If you find yourself waking up with symptoms of this ailment, you might be sleeping on your hand or placing it in an awkward position for long period of time. Ice is the preferred therapy overheat due to its ability to decrease inflammation to the wrist area.