de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is a painful wrist and thumb condition that occurs on the thumb side of the wrist that is very common. If you are experiencing symptoms, visit our hand therapists at Action Rehab for assessment and treatment.

  • No referral needed
  • Nonsurgical treatment prioritised where possible
  • Conveniently located across Melbourne and Gippsland.

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What is de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis or Syndrome refers to the painful wrist and thumb symptoms that occur on the thumb side of the wrist. De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis pain is normally due to thickening of the tendons of the Abductor Pollicis Longus (APL) and Extensor Pollicis Brevis (EPB) muscles through the forearm. As the thickened tendons pass through a tunnel (the first dorsal compartment), the constant friction causes thickening and degeneration or scar tissue (as well as inflammation) to occur to the tendon sheath itself – which in turn compresses the nerve and can cause a strong, shooting type wrist pain.

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View this video to learn how a splint assists in de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis treatment and recovery. As explained by Action Rehab founder Ben Cunningham.

What causes de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

The causes of de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis are still unknown however it is common in new parents particularly breastfeeding mothers (Mummy thumb, or Mummy Wrist). It is also very common in repetitive manual work tasks and office based workers who use the keyboard a lot. There may be several factors centred around repetitive work or domestic related tasks such as typing, pinching, grasping, pulling or pushing, and lifting young children.

employee using mouse suffering from wrist pain
Woman holding up her baby happily after receiving hand therapy treatment
Action Rehab Hand Therapist providing hand therapy treatment to female patient for De Quervains Tenosynovitis

Assessment of de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

It is very important to have a thorough assessment of your hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder if you or your Doctor suspect that you might have de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. At Action Rehab your therapist will get an understanding of the tasks that cause you pain and where the pain is located.

You may be a new mother and there might be pain on lifting your newborn or breastfeeding or changing their nappy. Alternatively you might be a manual worker and get pain when you perform a certain manual task.

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View the video below to learn more about why post-pregnancy, it is common for mothers to experience wrist pain on the thumb side causing de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. As explained by Action Rehab founder Ben Cunningham.

Pregnant mother holding her baby above her

de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis treatment

Once a thorough assessment has been made by your therapist at Action Rehab then we can start treatment. A customised water resistant and removable brace will be provided at your first visit and made by your Hand Therapist. Following on from wearing your brace for pain relief, your hand therapist at Action Rehab will advise you on a strengthening and stabilisation exercise program for your wrist.

See below for lightweight splint with and without thumb support. 

Man experiencing De Quervain's pain at base of thumb
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Choosing The Right Therapist For de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

Hand Therapists at Action Rehab Melbourne are experienced in the care of de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.

Our Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists will take the time to assess and treat your condition, and we will tailor a splinting and strengthening program to treat your de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. Action Rehab treat hundreds of de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis patients every year and can provide a strengthening and stabilisation program for de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.

To make an appointment, enquire, or find your closest of our 12 locations call us on 1300 762 227 or schedule an appointment online.

Book a consultation with our senior therapist, Ben Cunningham. In this appointment Ben will advise management strategies and if you request ongoing care then this will be charged as per our current rates. Worksafe and TAC clients will not be charged personally for any consultations.

Ben Cunningham Director at Action Rehab Hand Therapy


Action Rehab provide assessment and treatment for all conditions relating to the upper limb, include scaphoid fractures. Come and see our friendly staff today at a location convenient to you.