I have been struggling with de quervain's tendonitis since january of this year. The pain started with gripping a water hose at work but really took off after a weekend of video games, After a few months of splinting and medication it seemed to be getting better. I resumed light guitar playing and computer use only to have it flare up once again. At this point I got an injection. I have recently finished a long run of physical therapy but am still unable to do many things.
6+ months and I do not have much pain outside of fine movements such as video games/guitar. The doctors keep saying that because I am in my early 20's I should be healed within a month (they have said this at every visit). I am really worried I may have caused permanent damage to my grip strength/fine motor control.
I am continuing to stretch and exercise but am really losing hope that ill ever be able to resume my normal activities. Is surgery a viable option for me? I feel as if im running out of options.
The issue is flaring up again and again because you are going back to activities that are causing repeated injury to the tendon. Since you are young, I would suggest you continue with the wrist exercises. However, wear a good wrist support while playing guitar or video games and restrict the time on these things for a few months. Another cortisone injection can be tried along with ultrasound therapy. Please ask your doctor regarding this. Take care!
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