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Disability Benefits for Radial Styloid Tenosynovitis in Your Thumb

You may not have given much thought to just how important your thumb is. The truth is that your thumb is truly an amazing and significant part of your body. Your human thumb is referred to as an opposable thumb. This is because your thumb can move and touch your other fingers. This is the characteristic of your thumb that gives you the ability to grasp things. Radial styloid tenosynovitis is an entrapment tendonitis of your tendons that are located in the first dorsal compartment at your wrist. Radial styloid tenosynovitis is a condition that involves the tenosynovitis (tendon sheaths) that go over your wrist joint. Radial styloid tenosynovitis is evidenced by a painful inflammation of the tendons in your thumb that stretch to your wrist. These swollen tendons and the coverings that are over them rub against the narrow tunnel that they travel through. This leads to pain at the base of your thumb. This pain may radiate into your lower arm or shoulder. Radial styloid tenosynovitis was discovered by the Swiss surgeon Fritz de Quervain. He published 5 case reports of people who had this condition in 1895. Radial styloid tenosynovitis is known by other names. It is also called washerwoman’s sprain, mommy thumb and mother’s wrist, de Quervain disease, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis and de Quervain’s stenosing tenosynovitis. Anyone of any age may develop radial styloid tenosynovitis. However, women are 8 to 10 times more likely to acquire this condition than men are. Radial styloid tenosynovitis takes place when the tendons that move your thumb away from your index finger become swollen and painful. There are different things that can cause this to occur. Some of these are:
  1. ?Some kind of direct injury or trauma that occurs to your wrist or tendon, due to the fact that scar tissue can hinder the movement of your tendons
  2. ?The overuse of your wrist that comes from performing a repetitive gripping or twisting motion on a daily basis for an extended period of time
  3. ?Having an inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
The main risk factor that may increase your likelihood of having radial styloid tenosynovitis is engaging in an occupation or hobby that involves repetitive wrist and hand motions. Other risk factors include: There are several different signs and symptoms that may be an indication of radial styloid tenosynovitis. Some of the possible signs and symptoms are: