Pain on the Thumb-Side of Your Wrist

De Quervain’s is a common painful condition that is seldom discussed. It causes pain on the thumb-side of the wrist and makes many everyday activities challenging or impossible! The symptoms tend to worsen with thumb or wrist movement and can lead to prolonged disability. Chiropractors are highly trained musculoskeletal health experts to help you without the risk of medication and surgery.


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Chiropractors are highly trained musculoskeletal health experts to help you without the risk of medication and surgery.

What You Need to Know

The pain from De Quervain’s is caused by the inflammation of the two tendon that moves your thumb. Overuse and repetitive motions are the most significant contributors to your pain.

The symptoms of De Quervain are usually localised to the thumb region. In chronic cases, the hand or the forearm may also be affected. The symptoms may include:

  • Pain at or around the base of the thumb
  • Pain with thumb movement
  • Difficulty or weakness with pinching or grasping
  • Swelling at or around the bottom of the thumb
  • Clicking or catching sensations with thumb movements

The treatments for De Quervain’s include resting, ice, bracing or immobilisation, and anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. If your symptoms do not improve, it is advisable to seek professional help. Chiropractors are musculoskeletal healthcare experts trained to diagnose and treatment De Quervain’s.

Your chiropractor may suggest ergonomic changes or activity modification to reduce the stress applied to your thumb and wrist. Soft tissue therapy such as IASTM (instrumented assisted soft tissue mobilisation) or Dry Needling may be utilised to reduce the swelling and pain in the affected area. As your symptoms subside, your chiropractor will prescribe you with specific strengthening exercises for your thumb, wrist, and hand to provide you with long-term pain relief.

Do you know Square One is the only chiropractic clinic in Singapore to offer Chiropractic Adjustments, Dry Needling, and Myofascial Cupping? Our revolutionary functional program combines manual therapy with rehabilitation so you can get all the treatments you need under one roof. Don’t let your body suffer in silence! Avoiding treatment can cause unnecessary aches and pain for many years to come. At Square One, we make it our priority to help you live a full, functional, and happy life. To experience the best chiropractic care in Singapore, book a consultation appointment with us today.