Alternative Techniques to Reduce De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Among Physiotherapist: A Case Report

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Balachandar S. Sayapathi, Sirajudeen Rowther


A 30 years old lady who works as physiotherapist, was referred for pain over her right wrist for two months. There was swelling and tenderness elicited over the area and the diagnosis was consistent with de Quervain’s tenosynovitis. There was no statistically significant difference between the myofascial release group and stretching, p=0.847. Hot pack was similarly effective compared to myofascial release in spiralling the range of movement of joints for flexion (p=0.187), extension (p=0.628) and abduction (p=0.512). Transcutaneous electrical nerve was found to be as effective as myofascial release, p=0.286. Based on the review above, the physiotherapist was advised to advocate stretching, hot pack or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in her practice as they are as effective as myofascial release.

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