De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, also known as “Mommy Thumb” is a condition that causes swelling and inflammation of a tendon in the thumb. This leads to intense pain and limitation of mobility and function of the hand, which worsens over time if untreated. It is common for new mothers to experience this, due to how the thumb is positioned while holding the baby’s head, especially while breast feeding. Prevention of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, and treatment is very important for avoidance of this syndrome and its complications.
Overuse of the thumb in extension leads to Mommy Thumb. Listed below are some common techniques that can help you to avoid this condition.
- Avoid repetitive motions which cause the extension of the thumb (making a “L” with your index finger and thumb).
- Allow the muscles in the thumb and hand to rest after periods of stress
- While breast feeding or holding your baby, make sure to use the palm of your hand and the inner region of your forearm to support the baby’s weight .
If you think you have De Quervian’s tenosynvitis, contact a physiotherapist as soon as possible for consultation. Applying ice, resting the hand, and over the counter anti-inflammatory medication may assist with reduction of the symptoms.