De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis



De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis or Syndrome refers to the painful wrist and thumb symptoms that occur on the thumb side of the wrist. Swelling and tenderness can also be seen at the base of the thumb.

How it occurs

The exact causes of de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis are still unknown. It is common in breastfeeding mothers and new parents (Mummy thumb, or Mummy Wrist), and also common in workers who do a lot of repetitive manual tasks (such as pinching, grasping, pulling or pushing) or office workers who do a lot of typing.


We carry out a thorough assessment before starting any treatment. During your first visit, to help with pain relief,  we’ll also make you  a customised, water resistant and removable brace.

Following on the initial visit we’ll then advise you and help you with a strengthening and stabilisation exercise program.

The images below show our lightweight splint with and without a thumb support.

Meet Eliza

Lead Therapist

Eliza Graduated from Monash University with Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (honours). Prior to working with Action Rehab Eliza has had experience working in the community and through the NDIS. While working in Community Rehabilitation Eliza found a passion for treating people with Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand injuries and spent a significant amount of her time volunteering and learning with Action Rehab.

Book a senior therapist consultation

Ben, our senior therapist, will offer advice on any management strategies you may need. Please note, if you request ongoing care, you will only have to pay our current rates. We do not charge Worksafe and TAC clients for any consultations.

Call 1300 76227to book an appointment or Click Here to book.

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