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.
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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