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Recovery time for De Quervain's syndrome - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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I am a massage therapist who was recently diagnosed with De quervains. I have numbness at thumb joint, itching, burning, when i reach or if my hand is in different positions. I have used Ibuprofen, rest, a brace with a slight improvement but not much. I have not done massage in two weeks. I have the choice if i should go back into massage this week since i own my own business. Do you think i should take another week off or go to a light massage schedule?
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Doctor :   i think the massage would not be of much help as much as the rest to the tendon
Doctor :   post pone the massage , any type of physical strain on the joint will further affect the nerve and tendon
User :   So you think another week off would benefit the De quervains?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   when will i know its time that i can go back to work
Doctor :   the neural symptoms should not b there
User :   okay thank you so much
Doctor :   then its time for massage
User :   If i try massage now i could injure the joint more...guess its not worth it
Doctor :   not the joint but both tendon and nerve may get affected
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