WHAT IS IT?
• It is the inflammation of the tendon sheath of one or both of the two of the muscles that move the thumb (extensor pollicis brevis and abductor pollicis longus)
WHAT DO I LOOK FOR?
• Pain, tenderness and/or swelling at the base of the thumb, wrist or into the forearm.
• Pain with lifting, bringing your thumb to touch your palm or wrist, grasping objects or during a golf swing.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
• Repetitive activities and overuse of the thumb/wrist muscles such as tennis, rowing, lifting, grasping objects or golf.
• Weakness of the thumb muscles.
WHEN DO I SEE A PHYSIO?
• Physiotherapists can assess your condition, use a variety of techniques, bracing, electrotherapeutic modalities and provide you with appropriate exercise program. Feel free to ask any of our friendly physios about your problem
DO I SEE MY DOCTOR?
• If symptoms persist, your doctor may be able to assist with issues such as anti-inflammatory medications. Your physiotherapist will also advise you when you need to see your doctor
FOR MORE INFORMATION
See your local Lifecare Practitioner.
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