What is it?

DeQuervain’s tendinopathy is an inflammatory condition involving the tendons of the thumb at the wrist. These tendons have a sheath around them to protect them from excessive friction. However, when you are exposed to chronic overuse (repetitive movement of the wrist, lifting, writing, pinching etc) the tendon sheath becomes inflamed and swollen.


Early signs are pain around the thumb side of the wrist. If left untreated, the pain may spread up the arm or down into the thumb. It may be tender to touch or with repetitive movement of the wrist.

If this is sounds similar to the symptoms you are experiencing with your wrist pain, come in and see us at PhysioHealth Women’s for an assessment and individualised treatment program.