De Quervains Tenosynovitis & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

De Quervains Tenosynovitis

To diagnose de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, an exam of your hand is done to see if you feel pain when pressure is applied on the thumb side of the wrist.

In addition, a Finkelstein test, in which you bend your thumb across the palm of your hand and bend your fingers down over your thumb. Then you bend your wrist toward your little finger. If this causes pain on the thumb side of your wrist, you likely have de Quervain’s tenosynovitis.

Imaging tests, such as X-rays, generally aren’t needed to diagnose de Quervain’s tenosynovitis.


A Procedure called a De Quervains Release can be performed if your symptoms go unresolved. This procedure is done in an outpatient setting, meaning patients can go home the same day. Recovery is typically about 2 weeks.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Also called median nerve compression, is a condition that may cause numbness, tingling, or weakness in your hand.

This can occur when pressure on your median nerve, which runs the length of your arm, goes through a passage in your wrist called the carpal tunnel and ends in your hand. The median controls the movement and feeling of your thumb and the movement of all your fingers except your pinky.


Symptoms may include:

  • Burning, tingling, or numbness in your palm and thumb or your index and middle fingers
  • Weakness in your hand and trouble holding things
  • Shock-like feelings that move into your fingers
  • Tingling that moves up into your arm


Surgical Treatment Options:

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
    • This surgery is typically completed in an outpatient setting, meaning patients go home same day. Recovery takes about 2 weeks.



Dr. Connolly is a qualified and double board certified surgeon who performs total joint replacements, revisions, arthroscopy, hand, trauma, and pediatric surgeries. Call Connolly Orthopedics and Sports Medicine today for a consult in Bradenton, or Arcadia, Florida.

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