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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