Symptoms of Tenosynovitis will usually occur in the wrist and hands, but can occur at other places in the body. The symptoms may include:
● Stiffness of the joint
● Joint swelling and pain that increases with motion
● Feeling of locking or snapping when attempting to move the fingers and thumb
● Erythema, which is a reddening of the skin
● A low-grade fever might develop as the body’s attempt to fight infectionIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
The treatment for Tenosynovitis will be a collaborative decision between you and your doctor based on the location and severity of the condition. Non-surgical intervention will usually be successful in treating Tenosynovitis. These include:
● Avoidance of any aggravating activities
● NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
● Topical anti-inflammatory medication
● Cortisone injections
● Physical or occupational therapy which will both help to teach proper ways to move and strengthen and stretch certain muscle groups. Splint and braces may also be considered during physical or occupational therapy. Massaging the area in order to stimulate blood flow as well as TENS (transcutaneous electrical stimulation) which interrupts pain signals are also intervention you will be given in physical therapy.
When conservative measures fail to adequately reduce pain and improve function, surgical intervention may be necessary. The choice of surgery will involve making a small cut into the tendon sheath, allowing for more room in the area and restoration of a smooth, gliding motion.