Ever wake up with a pain in your wrist (of All places!) or experienced a nagging ache, just at the base of your thumb?

About 200,000 people, annually, report this pain symptom to their doctors, a statistic that the Mayo Clinic calls “Common”. So, you’re not alone!

Sans a diagnosis by your Primary Care Physician or an Occupational or Physical Therapist, what is called De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is not much more than an irritated radial nerve at the base of the thumb. Repetitive motion in the wrist is the most-common culprit of this condition.

Finkelstein test demo
Finkelstein test

If you’re experiencing pain symptoms when you perform the Finkelstein test, see you doctor for a diagnosis and some recommended solutions to lessen or get rid of the pain.

Some common repetitive motions that could irritate the radial nerve, according to the Mayo Clinic are: working in the garden, playing golf or racquet sports, lifting your baby, writing, jobs that require repeated hand/wrist motions. [Inflammatory] rheumatoid arthritic conditions have also been attributed to acute flare-ups of De Quervain’s (dih-kwer-VAINS) tenosynovitis.

Surgery is rarely used as a long-term solution. Massage therapy (self- or by a licensed massage therapist) is indicated as a treatment in certain situations, and may be a less-harsh alternative to painkillers. Although massage on tendons has not been demonstrated as effective, *massage on muscles* attached to those tendons can offer some relief, to a degree, relieving the tension of the tendon rubbing up against that radial nerve complex at the wrist.

For more specific information, check out this Google Search Result, pulled on 11/03/2018, with references.

For more information from the Mayo Clinic, visit their website to learn more about De Quervain’s tenosynovitis.