Conditions we treat
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis (commonly referred to as a mum thumb) are two hand/wrist conditions we often see during pregnancy and in the postnatal period.
What is it?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may include a combination of the following in the hands and fingers:
Pins and needles
It often presents during pregnancy and is commonly caused by increased swelling (from increased body fluid) in the hand/wrist which can compress the nerves that run through the wrist. Movements such as bending your wrist forward or back which reduce the space for the nerves in the wrist will often exacerbate symptoms. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can persist postnatal and make it difficult to confidently complete your baby cares.
DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis often presents in the postnatal period and is an inflammation of the tendons on the thumb side of your wrist. Repetitive movements that will tend to exacerbate this pain include:
Grasping an object
Opening a bottle or jar
Carrying a heavy shopping/hand bag
Our Physiotherapists are trained in the management of both of these conditions and can provide pain relief and advice on best management. It is important to manage these conditions early, especially DeQuervain’s as prolonged tendon inflammation can cause longer term changes which become more difficult to treat.