Maybe you’ve heard the term “blackberry” thumb before and wondered if that condition really existed. There are several a condition known as De Quervain’s tendonitis. When De Quervain’s tendonitis isn’t treated appropriately or if treatment is delayed, it may lead to the development of osteoarthritis in the joint where the thumb connects to the wrist. It is therefore best to seek treatment for this potentially disabling hand condition sooner rather than later.
De Quervain’s tendonitis has been around for a long time and doctors have tried many different things in attempt to treat this painful condition. Common treatments for De Quervain’s include anti-inflammatory prescription medications, cortisone injections and even surgery in extreme cases. However there’s actually a non-surgical treatment that will not only alleviate the symptoms associated with De Quervain’s tendonitis, but also correct the underlying problem that caused the condition to develop in the first place.
De Quervain’s tendonitis is a painful condition that affects
two of the most prominent tendons that control the
movements of the thumb. These tendons glide through a
pulley system (or sheath) as they pass through the wrist
before connecting to the thumb bone.
Healthy thumb movement and function requires healthy alignment of the tiny bones and joints in the wrist and hand. With healthy thumb and carpal alignment you should be able to use your cell phone or PDA device to send text messages without any pain or discomfort. However when you lose the healthy alignment of these bones and joints, with repetitive activities such as texting, you may begin to develop stress in the interconnecting tendons and joints. After you understand the relationship between healthy thumb and carpal bone and joint alignment, it becomes apparent why chiropractic adjustments to the wrist and hand can alleviate the stress and dysfunction associated with De Quervian’s and thumb arthritis.