Tendon inflammation can occur for multiple reasons, including injury and overuse. When inflammation affects the tendons in the thumb, de Quervain’s disease can result. Given the repetitive thumb usage that individuals who type, sew, or perform other tactile functions carry out, certain types of laborers can be prone to de Quervain’s disease. 

Discomfort is the most common side effect of de Quervain’s disease. If tendon inflammation is severe, the size of the tendons in the thumb might also cause noticeable swollenness. Both symptoms may make it challenging for individuals with de Quervain’s disease to continue the tasks that might have contributed to the initial problem. Depending on the circumstances that lead to its appearance, de Quervain’s disease can develop relatively slowly in some people and quite rapidly in others.

Are you experiencing the symptoms of de Quervain’s disease? If so, call Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine at (347) 537-2404 to schedule a consultation with an orthopedist. Our NYC area practice offers a wide range of orthopedic solutions for Forest Hills and Queens residents. 

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