Blackberry thumb, Text Thumb, gamer’s thumb and mother’s wrist are all other names for DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis. Just as all the synonyms suggest, this condition is caused by overuse of the thumb. Our Oakville Chiropractor is seeing a large increase in thumb pain and De Quervain’s complaints over the last decade. The repetitive strain causes inflammation of two of the thumb’s tendons and the sheath they are wrapped in. Text Thumb is caused by, you guessed it…..
Symptoms of De Quervain’s or Text Thumb include pain on the thumb side of the wrist, pain and/or weakness when gripping or rotating the wrist and swelling on the thumb side of the wrist. Any movement of the thumb can become very painful. The onset of this condition is often gradual. While the cause of this condition is unknown, risk factors have been identified. Occupations that involve repetitive pinching, twisting or grasping have an increased risk of developing De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. New mothers, or pregnant women, are more at risk due to the hormonal changes and lifting demands of being a mother. Even pastimes like bowling, sewing, knitting and piano playing have been identified as potential risk factors.
The most important, and often most difficult requirement in healing a Text Thumb injury is rest. The thumb needs to rest. Texting, computer work and lifting need to be significantly reduced in order for the thumb to recover. Ice should be applied over the tendons to reduce inflammation, and specific splints and braces should be worn to help the healing process happen as quickly as possible.
After consulting with one of our chiropractors, these exercises and stretches can be included as part of therapy. These exercises are designed to make the thumb as comfortable as possible in the early stages of healing, and then strengthen the muscles to prevent the condition from returning in the future.
What to do if Dr. Steve or Dr. Jenn ask you to visit this page of our website
De Quervain’s Syndrome Treatment
1. Put down the phone
2. Change your mouse
3. Put down your phone again !!!
4. Ice the thumb, hand, wrist region (20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day)
5. STOP playing Candy Crush on your phone … Put it down !!!!
6. Thumb or Thumb Wrist combo brace.
7. Do the De Quervain’s exercises daily listed below
8. Did we mention you need to get off your phone?
9. Get in for treatment — IFC, Laser, Graston and A.R.T.
If you are experiencing thumb and wrist pain or discomfort and you would like to seek professional help please contact our chiropractic clinic directly at 905-827-4197