Problems may be swelling and pain, especially with motion.
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on the painful tendon. This is often enough to make the diagnosis. Imaging tests may be done to confirm it.
A blood test may also be done to look for signs of infection.
The goal of treatment is to ease pain and swelling. This will make it easier to move. Options may be:
A brace or splint to prevent motion
Exercises to help with strength, flexibility, and range of motion
Medicine to ease pain and swelling
Antibiotics to treat any infection
Surgery may be done if other methods do not help. The surgery will release the tendon and allow it to move freely.
To lower the risk of tenosynovitis:
Take breaks from activities.
Adjust workspaces to minimize the strain on joints.
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