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De Quervain's Tenosynovitis and Receiving Social Security Disability

Ligaments of wrist. Posterior and anterior views
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Have you ever thought about how important your thumb is? Human thumbs are known as opposable thumbs. This is because your thumb can move and touch your other fingers. This is what gives humans the ability to grasp things. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful inflammation of the tendons in your thumb that extend to your wrist. These swollen tendons and the coverings over them rub against the narrow tunnel that they pass through. This causes pain at the base of your thumb that radiates into your lower arm. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is named after the Swiss surgeon Fritz de Quervain. In 1895, he published 5 case reports of people with this condition. The condition was subsequently named after him. Anyone can get De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. However, women are 8 to 10 times more likely than men to get this condition. There are different things that can cause De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. These include: §  Inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis §  Overuse of your wrist that involves a repetitive motion day after day for a long period of time §  A direct injury to your tendon or wrist as scar tissue can inhibit the movement of your tendons. There are several different signs and symptoms that you may have with De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. Some of these are: §  A “stop-and-go” or “sticking” feeling in your thumb when you try to move it §  A squeaking sound as your tendons attempt to move back and forth through the sheaths that are inflamed §  Pain that is near the base of your thumb §  Swelling that is near the base of your thumb §  A fluid-filled cyst that is near the base of your thumb §  Problems trying to move your wrist and thumb when trying to do things that involve pinching or grasping. You or a loved one may have De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. This disorder and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it may be resulting in you or your loved one’s disability. You or your loved one may need assistance if this is your situation. You may need financial help. You or your loved one may be planning on applying for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by De Quervain’s tenosynovitis and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with it. It may be that you or your loved one has already applied and been denied by the Social Security Administration? If you or your loved one is thinking about appealing the denial, here is something important that you need to be aware of. The simple truth is that people who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at are approved more often that people who do not have a disability lawyer fighting for them.