Our DQ Syndrome (De Quervain's Tenosynovitis) Solutions

What is DQ Syndrome (De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis)?

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. If you have de Quervain’s tenosynovitis, it will probably hurt when you turn your wrist, grasp anything or make a fist.

Although the exact cause of de Quervain’s tenosynovitis isn’t known, any activity that relies on repetitive hand or wrist movement — such as working in the garden, playing golf or racket sports, or lifting your baby — can make it worse.

What are some symptoms of DQ Syndrome (De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis)?

  • Fingers feel swollen
  • Pain and tingling travel up your forearm to your shoulder
  • “Shocks” come and go in your thumb and fingers
  • Weakness in hand or wrist
  • Harder to make a fist
  • Hard time working with small objects such as buttons
  • Pain near the base of your thumb
  • Swelling near the base of your thumb
  • Difficulty moving your thumb and wrist when you’re doing something that involves grasping or pinching
  • A “sticking” or “stop-and-go” sensation in your thumb when moving it

What are some treatments for DQ Syndrome (De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis)?

  • Regenerative MedicineThe stem cell treatment process involves extracting regenerative cells from the patient’s body and then injecting the cells directly into the affected area of the sprained or strained tissue. The cells can transform into the type of cell necessary for healing. The addition of platelet rich plasma (PRP) can increase the effectiveness of the cell repair work by amplifying the activity of the regenerative cells. Stem cell treatment is a safe alternative to surgery since the procedure will only use the stem cells and platelets from the patient’s own body. This means that anybody, regardless of their age, could undergo stem cell treatment.
  • Active Release Technology: In ART, the treating physician/therapist will use their hands in a manual technique to identify regions of dysfunctional muscle, ligament or tendon tissue. Once identified, the physician/therapist will apply specifically directed pressure over the affected or related anatomical structures while the patient performs specific body movements.
  • Physical Therapy: At the outset of treatment, one of our highly trained physical therapists will perform an initial comprehensive examination and consultation. Their findings and treatment recommendations will be discussed with you, and our medical rehabilitation team, in a shared decision-making model of patient care. This collaboration ensures that patient care is delivered in a controlled, timely manner, resulting in faster recovery and return to normal activities.
  • Occupational TherapyOccupational Therapists commonly treat chronic or acute pain, or problems with coordination, balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, or range of motion. These symptoms can affect your ability to perform basic lifestyle activities or prevent a full return to function.
  • AcupunctureBecause Acupuncture influences many different body systems, it is used to help treat all types of diseases and body dysfunction.  It can be used for chronic or acute conditions like back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, and tendonitis.
  • Massage TherapyMassage Therapy is the hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body which include the muscles, connective tissue (ligaments and tendons) and joints. Widely accepted as part of many physical rehabilitation programs, this therapy can be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of many chronic and acute health problems.
  • MLS Laser TherapyLaser therapy can be used to treat acute conditions and is most effective when it is used as soon as possible following the initial injury. The faster the body’s inflammation is reduced, the sooner the healing process can begin. MLS Laser Therapy can help restore the body to normal function much quicker than other pain relieving interventions.
  • Hydrodissection: A new and exciting non-surgical orthopedic treatment currently available at Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine is nerve hydrodissection. This treatment uses compressed fluids, gently placed under computer-guided imaging to the entrapped/pinched nerve and surrounding muscle and fascia tissue.  The procedure will free up the involved nerve from the dysfunctional adhesions and/or scar tissue.
  • Prolotherapy: Prolotherapy is a medical procedure, which involves injecting a non-pharmacological solution into dysfunctional tendons or ligaments with the intent of strengthening weak soft tissue structures that surround the joint, resulting in increased stability, flexibility and endurance of the injured joint.  Stable and flexible joints are essential for long-term pain relief and complete return to healthy living and function.
  • Splinting: Patients are often interested in utilizing a splint to wear at night to limit the CTS symptoms while sleeping. Using a splint, braces the wrist and neutralizes motion, stabilizing the carpal bones and preventing pain at night. This method is effective and can be provided by PRRM.
  • Taping: This can also be an effective option for CTS. Therapeutic taping supports the wrist and reduces pressure on the carpal tunnel that helps the nerve as well as the surrounding muscles to relax. Kinesiotape is a treatment provided at PRRM. We utilize taping combined with other non-surgical interventions to address CTS.
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation (IASTM): IASTM is another non-surgical option available for patients. Application of a tool loosens ligament and muscle adhesions that can restrict movement of the wrist which compresses the carpal tunnel. IASTM also provides a healthy inflammatory response that helps the muscles heal.

Why Choose Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine?

At Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine our highly trained physicians have advanced training in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of your elbow condition.

Whether you are suffering from a recent or chronic elbow condition that is adversely affecting your ability to live life under your terms, we may be able to help.

To have a consultation with one of our doctors, please contact one of our Patient Care Coordinators at 908-754-1960 or you may contact us online.