De Quervain's Tendinitis

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Also known as Mommy Thumb, De Quervain's Tendinitis is a type of RSI condition where the tendons from the thumb down to the wrist is inflamed. It is commonly called "mommy thumb" because it has recently been found in a quarter to one half of new mothers. There are two tendons affected by this condition, the abductor pollicis longus, or long thumb abductor, and the extensor pollicis brevis, or short thumb extensor. Surgery is usually used to treat this condition (Source). Interestingly, TMS doctor Dario Zagar suggested that this condition may be a manifestation of TMS, as are all RSI conditions (Source). There is still debate as to De Quervain's inclusion with other TMS/PPD conditions. Future research needs to be done to determine if this condition is a manifestation of TMS/PPD.

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