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Quervain Pain? 5 Keys To Real Recovery

Quervain Tenosynovitis

A Quervain injury is painful.    Basic actions can cause this injury. Making bread and gardening! Lifting children and mopping! All these and more can cause it. Repetitive motion causes the wrist to swell.  This is when the injury occurs.

Now it needs to be treated. What is the best way? Here are five keys to relieve the pain.


  • This wrist injury is helped with rest.
  • As with most swelling, you need to allow the injury time to recover.
  • This will speed up Quervain’s slow healing process.


  • Splinting will often be a part of treatment. A splint can most often be removed. It wraps around the injured area.
  • It should hold the wrist in place. With a Quervain injury, using rest/splint together can help.  It may still take up to 6-8 weeks to heal.

Anti-inflammatory Medication

  • Anti-swelling medicines are most often over the counter.
  • They decrease swelling and relieve pain.
  • Those with Quervain’s pain seem to find relief.
  • Sometimes a steroid injection may be needed.  The shot will go  directly into the site of pain.

Physical Therapy

  • Physical Therapy helps healing.  It is treatment through exercise. This is another effort to reduce swelling.
  • The hope is to also reduce pain and aid healing.
  • Often electric stimulation is used.  It is combined with manual exercises.
  • Also, the patient is taught how to avoid the causes of this injury. This will help prevent reoccurence.

Cortisone Injection

  • Cortisone is a powerful medicine.  It will reduce the swelling.  It will also make relief faster and stronger. This is because it goes right to the site of the pain.
  • It is better than oral anti-swelling medications.
  • Most with Quervain’s can return to their normal activities quickly.  It is normally within three weeks of a cortisone sh

Quervain’s can be teated with these five key steps.  In rare occasions, surgery may be required. These keys to real recovery can help speed the healing of those suffering from the pain.

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