Mother’s Thumb, De Quervain Syndrome

Mother’s Thumb, De Quervain Syndrome

De Quervain Syndrome also known as Mother’s Thumb or Radial Styloid Tenocosynovitis, is the inflammation of the sheath or tunnel that surrounds the tendons of extensor pollicis or pollicis longus muscles.  These two muscles function is to help move the thumb away from the hand, also known as radial abduction. Dr. Trabulsi and James Yu have been very successful in tailoring a successful treatment plan that includes acupuncture, physiotherapy, and exercise to the muscles and tendons affected with this pathology.

The cause of De Quervain disease remains unknown, but is consistent with repetitive overuse movement of the thumb and the muscles associated with that action.

Symptoms of De Quervain Syndrome include swelling, tenderness, and pain of the tendons where they cross the styloid process of the radius.  Finkelstein’s test is used to diagnose De Quervain Syndrome in people who present that condition.

This condition is usually very tough to treat and most Orthopedic Doctors recommend corticosteroid shots with surgery to follow if unsuccessful.  This is why we have dedicated a great deal of effort and research in finding the most successful way to manage this condition.  We have over a 95% success rate.  Visit us at either of our Midtown Manhattan NYC or Brooklyn Heights NY locations so you can be properly diagnosed and evaluated and can start a treatment plan that is natural and tailored to your specific needs.