Healing de Quervains with Osteo Bi Flex

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Updated: January 3, 2022 By: Jordan Hardin

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I used to suffer from de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. So I feel your pain. It started in May 2019. I’m not a doctor and I’m not giving out medical advice, but I did want to share my experience and what I’ve been doing that has finally made it start healing. If you have recently been diagnosed or you have been struggling with it, just like I have, let me share my personal experience. Hopefully, it will help you decide what you need to do. I won’t make you wait for the answer either. One of the big things that helped was Osteo Bi Flex de Quervains. You will have to read on to find out when one I used though!

What Is It?

de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is a type of tendinitis in the wrist caused by the overuse of the two tendons that run alongside the base of the thumb. The tendons basically become so inflamed that they rub against the tendon sheath, putting pressure on nerves and causing excruciating pain. This is why you are probably feeling pain when you move your wrist. I also experienced a “snapping” or “popping” sensation when I tried to scratch my back.

I do recommend seeing your doctor at the onset of any symptoms or unusual pain, but there is a simple test you can do at home to get an idea of whether it’s de Quervain’s or not. It’s called the Finklestein test. What you do is reach out as if you are getting ready to shake someone’s hand. then lower your thumb and wrap your other fingers around it. It’s basically a fist with the thumb inside. See above picture for reference.

osteo bi flex de quervain

If you feel any kind of pain running along the side of the wrist or base of your thumb, it’s most likely de Quervain’s. It’s actually a very common injury, from new mothers who are constantly using their wrist to pick up their baby to the athlete who is pushing too hard too soon and overloads the tendon. Can you guess which one I am? I was over training at the time and trying to increase weights when I really should’ve been focusing on form. I believe it was the bicep curl that did it. I didn’t actually feel an injury occur. I just know I woke up one day in  and my wrist hurt. I thought it would go away, that it was just a minor pain. When it didn’t go away after a few days I began icing it. When that didn’t work, I went and got a few wrist braces and did some online research. I eventually gave in and went to the doctor a month later and I got the diagnosis de Quervain’s. They told me to ice it, gave me list of rehabilitation exercises, and gave me a new brace to wear at night, that actually prevented my thumb from moving. If you go out and buy a brace yourself, make sure it’s one that immobilizes the thumb, since it’s the thumb tendons you want to heal.  It was hard to rest it completely though because I had lost my temporary corporate job and I was stocking lunch meat at a grocery store.

The Cortisone Shot Experience

By September, it was in so much pain, I needed to do something. I researched the next steps and saw some people having success with cortisone shots. To my knowledge, this injection acts as a very strong anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. I was very confused in the beginning though. I didn’t realize that it’s not just an inflammation problem. Depending on the severity of it, your tendons are actually injured, not just extremely swollen. I’ve had a total of 2 cortisone shots. Shot #1 took place at the end of September. I was little nervous because I read some stories that made it sound painful, but I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t even feel it. The doctor used a numbing spray, then did the injection. It did take a few days before I felt the pain relief. And I was back to working out. Shot #2 took place at the end of January 2020. This one hurt. I experienced the “cortisone flare” with this one. My doctor gave me an anti inflammatory gel to try with it which helped with the pain alot!

Let’s Try Something New

In March it was back to hurting. I decided against another shot. I wanted to heal it. Again, it took the pain away. But the pain came back. I opted against a third shot. Cortisone shots are meant to be temporary and are not that great for the joints when consistently used! If not careful it can weaken the tendons and ligaments.

This is what FINALLY worked

So I’ve actually been doing a few things that I will swear by. I’m going to say it has been a mix of doing these things that have helped.

Osteo Bi-Flex

This one was actually recommended by a guy on Youtube. He had said within 2 weeks of taking this supplement the pain was completely gone in his wrist. Well…that wasn’t exactly the case for me, however I did begin to feel some relief after 7 days, as it claims. I have noticed that when I skip it for a few days, I feel more pain. This supplement has also helped my knees with my heavy lifting.

Voltaren Diclofenac Sodium 1%

This is the most amazing gel This is an acts as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). I love that this is a topical treatment rather than a pill. You can put on the effected area and it will start to work in about 20 minutes. In the beginning I used it 4 times a day, now I’m down to once a day. It used to be prescription only, but is now available over the counter. This is what my doctor gave me after shot #2!

Collagen

Collagen has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Our body naturally produces collagen, but as we age, collagen production decreases. Adding an extra collagen supplement is great for soft tissue, ligaments, and tendons. Take it as soon as you wake up on an empty stomach for best consumption.

This is the one I take!

Wrist rehabilitation exercises. This is the most important one. If I could go back in time and tell myself this one critical tip, I would. So if you are in the beginning stages, DO THIS if nothing else. I was skeptical of this, but what I’ve learned is these exercises help build the smaller muscles of the wrist that you otherwise wouldn’t be working. The tendon is better protected. Within 2 days of starting these exercises, my pain had diminished by 90%. Do these exercises!

I really hope this is able to help someone as much as it’s helped me!! let me know in the comments if you have suffered from deQuervain’s and if you have been able to heal from it!

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16 Comments

  1. Wow, there are some major key points that I have picked from what I have read here on your website. I think I have to add that I really enjoyed reading this post and learning more from you. I see that de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is not an actual injury but just an inflammation issue and there are known ways to deal with it as well. I should share this to educate others.

    1. Hi Payton, thank you for your comment! I’m so glad you found it useful and informative! I wanted to share my experience to help others! I do wish to clarify, though, it is an injury, but it’s not like a typical injury you would think of. The tendons themselves are injured and that’s what causes the inflammation. But with rest, and the right care, it’s nothing that can’t be healed πŸ™‚

      1. I’ve been an inventory auditor for the better part of 12 years. Due to this, I have had wrist and hand problems for a number of years. I have not had it checked out or been diagnosed with tendinitis of any form. Whatever is wrong with my wrist, I figured it just something I have to deal with for life now. Something that cannot be treated. And I never wanted to go the route of painkillers, etc. for a I feel them just a mask to the real problem. They do not heal. Then I came across this article. It’s made me realize maybe more can be done. And I need to act. Your journey of healing has inspired me and I’m going to look into this.

        1. I highly recommend the wrist rehabilitation exercises! They are so helpful in strengthening the smaller muscles in your wrist and overall mobility! Seriously, do it. Good luck!

  2. Hi!

    If I’m honest I didn’t know what the Quervain’s Tenosynovitis was but I got really caught up on your article! It was really informative and the test was really easy to do. You made me realize that it is really important to take care of ourselves and make sure that what we are doing is safe. I go to the gym and thanks to this post I will take that into account.

    I’m really happy you are recovering. 

    1. Hi Juan! 

      I am happy to hear you go to gym! It is so important to take care of ourselves. I believe I tried to progress my weights sooner than I was actually ready for and that’s what caused it! I go slow now and at my own pace. 

      It’s better to stay injury free!!

      Stay safe and healthy!

  3. Hello Jordan. I wanted to thank you so much in expressing what you went through and tge actions you took

    You were very thorough and helpful. I fell down 2 weeks ago and hurt my second toe. My doctor told me after the XRay that it wasn’t broken and just ice it and rest.

    All the information you provided like the collagen “we need more of after a certain age”, the exercise video, the osteo bi-flex supplement for joint pain and the Voltaren 1% gel which now you don’t need a prescription. Everything you mentioned was quite informative I am so glad you are doing much better Wishing you a blessed, healthy and prosperous Life!

    1. I’m so glad you found this informative!! So sorry that you fell down and hurt your toe, I hope you are feeling better and recovering well!! Glad it isn’t broken.

  4. Thanks for sharing this as I also have challenges with that area of my body. I always prefer natural alternatives. I am happy that this worked well for you. I agree that with the proper care anything can be healed. I plan to check this product out to determine if it will be helpful to my situation. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge of this.

  5. Hi Jordan – kudos to you in your progress against de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. Your post is very helpful to anyone who may be experiencing this condition. I am not (thank God) but I do have other joint issues and I picked up a tip: the Osteo Bi-Flex Joint Health you mentioned seems like something that I might benefit from. Tendinitis is a very painful condition as you know and I am so glad that you are out of the woods. Thanks!

  6. I am suffering from de quervains right now. It started in January, I had my firs t cortisone shot in May and now it’s august and the pain is beginning to return. I am back to wearing a brace full time now.

    I am hoping that if I get another shot to manage the pain, and follow your advice of supplements and exercises, it will be healed by Christmas!

    1. I have no doubt that it will! de Quervains is no joke, I am sending you positive vibes for a speedy recovery! There is another thing I’ve learned since writing this post. I’ve start drinking Comfrey Leaf tea and it seems to overall help all my joints! Keep me updated on your healing journey!!

  7. So greatfull for your info. I am a Stylist (salon owner) Always did the jobs others couldn’t do ..Artist ,anything I try I can do ……so my hand are my everything. So when this happens to you your who life flash in front if you and you immediately go into panic mode. It can be a wake-up call as you always do things yourself etc. Thanks for your info and I think the golden rule is go read up as much as you can, try and let people do things you do not need to do it all, start a new page by looking into food choices to STOP inflammation in your body.This condition felt like a death sentence to me but I started walking to clear my mind, look at my food choices and passing on some chores that it’s not all on me …. May you all have the use of your hands for as long as possible and God bless πŸ™Œ

    1. Thanks for your comment and insight Sylvia! It’s definitely important to take care of our hands so we can use them!

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