Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Grooming your dog can cause De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

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After a week of dealing with a lot of pain in my hand I have finally received the official result and advise regarding how to get better. I expect that will be a long process, particularly with the fact that I must continue to groom my dogs. So for those of your experiencing pain at the base of your thumb, try to pull your thumb and index finger together. If that is not comfortable or possible you may also have early stages of De Quervain's Tenosynovitis . Upon returning home I Googled and came up with some good information about what the article refers to as the disease and also about what I can do to get feeling better soon. During my searching I found a video on youtube that explains the symptoms very well. Here is another one that shows the test to determine if you have this. 
Here is another youtube video 4 minutes answering -
Should I have cortisone injections. 
This video also provides several excellent nutritional recommendations that important for your healing Lastly I found this youtube video of Dr. Jon Hernandez, a hand & wrist specialist at Coordinated Heath explains DeQuervains, Tenosynovitis or Tendonitis.
What is clear is that it is going to take me several weeks to recuperate and I must follow all the my doctor has recommended. Take my anti inflammatory medicine twice daily twelve hours apart. Ice four times a day. Keep my hand in a thumb spica splint. Make sure my husband washes all the dishes, laundry and brings me tea regularly. Ok... Doctor didn't say this but it sounds good. My biggest concern is that I must continue to groom my dogs. Hmmmm not sure how I am going to get around this one! ☺ 

1 comment:

Sonya Paterson said...

Posting an update. It is almost a year later and I still have pain. But I am not using a brace like I should. Still get very bad blue swelling in the palm of my hand and some nights after grooming the pain keeps me awake. I apply Voltarin on these nights and it helps.