What is DeQuervain's?

What is DeQuervain's?

‘’DeQuervain's’’ or ‘’DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis’’ or ‘’Mothers Thumb’’ is a condition that we frequently see here at Fitwise.  In DeQuervain’s the tendons that move the thumb become inflamed and rub against the tunnel that encloses them. It can result in mild to severe pain on the thumb side of the wrist. 

DeQuervain’s can be caused by extra stress and load on the thumb from activities that involve repetitive lifting. The condition is common in women, especially pregnant women and mothers of young children due to the repetitive lifting of babies, car seats etc. 


  • Pain at the base of the thumb, sometimes extending up the forearm, especially during movements—for example, grasping — that use the thumb and wrist. 
  • There may also be swelling along the thumb side of the wrist. 
  • Decreased movement of the thumb and wrist.  


  • Avoiding activities that cause pain- a splint may be helpful and can be fitted by your physio. 
  • Cold packs and ice massage on the painful area.  
  • Specific exercises as prescribed by your physio. 

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms please make an appointment to see one of our experienced physios who will carry out a thorough assessment and formulate a treatment plan based on your needs.  

Joanna Barry
Consulting at our East Melbourne practice

For more information, or to book, click on "Make a Booking" at the top of the page or call our friendly team on (03) 9822 4999 (Armadale) or (03) 9486 0512 (East Melbourne).  Alternatively, you can email us at fitwise@fitwise.com.au if you have any questions.

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