Your health and safety is our top priority. De Quervain's tenosynovitis causes pain in tendons around the base of the thumb, on the inside of the wrist and forearm. Both terms refer to inflammation along the thumb. When the tendons around the base of the thumb are irritated or constricted, they swell.
De Quervain's Tendinosis - Symptoms and Treatment - OrthoInfo - AAOS
A swollen thumb may be painful and affect your day-to-day activities. Causes for a swollen thumb can arise from a bacterial infection within the nail, trauma from a injury that is affecting the thumb bones, or inflammation of the thumb joints. A sprained thumb and arthritis are the most common culprits for a swollen thumb. Read below for more information on causes and treatment options. Swelling of the thumb can be debilitating, since the thumb is so important for daily activities such as writing and manipulating objects. Unfortunately, the swollen thumb is often painful and stiff, and strength may be decreased. Swelling may occur due to conditions involving the skin, ligaments, bones, or joints between bones in the thumb.
What’s Causing the Pain on or Near My Thumb, and How Do I Treat It?
Pain in your thumb can be caused by several underlying health conditions. Treatment for thumb pain will depend on the cause, but generally, pain-relieving medication or physical therapy are the go-to solutions. In some cases, consistent pain in your thumb can be an indication that you need surgery or treatment for another underlying health condition, such as arthritis.
Human thumbs are opposable, which allows people to grip objects and perform fine motor movements. Sometimes, a person may experience pain or a lack of movement in the thumb. These symptoms could indicate several underlying health conditions, ranging from systemic diseases, such as arthritis, to sprains and other injuries.