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DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis

One thing we rarely cover in our blog is medical terms such as DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis. We’ve had a lot of questions surrounding different injuries and so for the next few posts, we are going to define some of the more common claims in the workers comp industry.

Graphic of DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis Hand
Wikimedia Commons – Henry Vandyke Carter

DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis is a painful inflammation of the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist that occurs when the tendons around the base of the thumb are irritated or constricted. If you have this very painful condition, you are likely to feel discomfort every time you turn your wrist, grasp anything, or make a fist.

The causes of DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis are unknown, but any activity that relies on repetitive hand and wrist movement is associated with the disease. People diagnosed tend to be those whose jobs involve repetitive hand and wrist motions, such as carpenters, office workers and musicians.

Treatment for may range from immobilizing your wrist and taking medication to surgery in more serious cases.

DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis is one of the most common disorders reported in worker’s comp as a result of cumulative trauma, but it can be prevented. Make sure you keep your hands in neutral positions and avoid wide grasps and repetitive triggering with thumbs and fingers. As with all workers comp claims, prevention is key.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

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  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
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