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such as those used for:
- Computer operation
- Assembly line work
- Cash register operation
- Sports that involve repetitive actions
- Playing musical instruments
- Joint pain
- Joint stiffness
- Joint swelling
- Difficulty moving a joint
- Redness along the length of the tendon
Ice and Heat
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce inflammation and pain
- Topical pain medicines, such as creams and patches, that are applied to the skin
- Corticosteroids—injected into the sheath
- Antibiotics—if tenosynovitis was caused by a bacterial infection
- Adjust your workspace to minimize the strain on your joints
- Alternate activities when possible
- Take breaks throughout the day
- Exercise regularly
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.aaos.org
American Society for Surgery of the Hand http://www.assh.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
De Quervain syndrome. American Society for Surgery of the Hand website. Available at: http://www.assh.org/Public/HandConditions/Pages/deQuervainsTendonitis.aspx. Published 2012. Accessed February 28, 2014.
De Quervain tendonitis. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00007. Updated December 2013. Accessed February 28, 2014.
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated July 10, 2013. Accessed February 28, 2014.
10/26/2010 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Massey T, Derry S, Moore R, McQuay H. Topical NSAIDs for acute pain in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010;(6):CD007402.
- Reviewer: Teresa Briedwell, PT, DPT
- Review Date: 02/2014 -
- Update Date: 02/28/2014 -
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