Named after 19th-century Swiss surgeon, Fritz de Quervain, this condition is also known as mommy thumb, blackberry thumb or gamers’ thumb. The underlying cause is irritation or constriction of the tendons located at the base of the thumb at the wrist. Read on for more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Acute injury
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Repetitive thumb motion
  • Rheumatoid disease

Signs & Symptoms

  • “Catching” when moving thumb
  • Gradual or sudden onset of pain:
    • On the thumb side of the wrist
    • Up the forearm
  • Limited range of motion in thumb and wrist
  • Swelling
  • Worsening pain when:
    • Grasping objects
    • Twisting wrist
    • Using hand and thumb

Tips & Treatments

  • de Quervain’s syndrome is more common in middle-age women than in middle-age men.
  • Because severity varies, it’s important to consult a qualified orthopedic hand doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
These lists are not inclusive of all conditions and procedures. In order to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis, a physician should assess your individual situation. Following diagnosis, your physician will discuss appropriate treatment options with you – both surgical and non-surgical. Schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic ONE physician.