De Quervain’s tendonitis – also known as tenosynovitis or thumb synovitis – is a common work-related repetitive stress injury that causes pain in and around the base of the thumb. The pain may be localized or radiate down the thumb to the forearm, and it can be made worse by forceful grasping or twisting of the wrist, as well as excessive pinching of the thumb to the index finger.
De Quervain’s tendonitis is caused by irritation to the abductor muscle tendon at the base of the thumb. While it is most often a repetitive stress injury, it can also be caused by unusual hand positioning or hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy.
Treatment of de Quervain’s tendonitis usually consists of limiting those activities that cause or exacerbate the pain. In some cases, oral non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as Advil, may be helpful. If these treatment options do not improve the condition after 2-3 weeks, a steroid injection may be recommended.
De Quervain’s tendonitis may be caused or exacerbated by work-related activities. As with other work-related repetitive stress injuries, the injured employee is generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Worker’s compensation claims for repetitive stress injuries are often more difficult to prove than other work-related injuries, however, because the injuries accumulate over time, rather than as a result of a single workplace accident.
If you suffer from de Quervain’s tendonitis or tenosynovitis, it is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney, like those at Ankin Law Office, LLC, to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. We can help you obtain the appropriate medical treatment and assemble the necessary documentation to support your claim. Moreover, we will ensure that your claim is filed in a timely manner in accordance with the applicable statutes of limitations, and that you comply with the applicable employer notice requirements, as well.
Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys to learn more about how we can help you pursue a workers’ compensation claim for de Quervain’s tenosynovitis or other repetitive stress injury.