De Quervains Disease: Symptom and Causes


  • Pain or tenderness at the base of the thumb
  • Pain when pinching
  • Swelling over the thumb side of the wrist
  • A snapping or catching sensation when moving the thumb
  • Numbness on the back of the thumb, spreading to the index finger
  • Difficulty moving your thumb and wrist
  • If the condition goes too long without treatment, the pain may spread farther into your thumb, back into your forearm or both. 


De Quervains is a mechanical problem caused by repetitive use of the thumb and wrists. A direct blow to the area may also cause the condition.
Some activities that might cause de Quervains are:
  • Wringing out wet clothes
  • Hammering
  • Skiing
  • Knitting
  • Lifting heavy objects such as a jug of milk, taking a frying pan off of the stove, or lifting a baby out of a crib

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