Strategies to combat wrist pain for new mums

By adopting some simple strategies early, symptoms can be reduced for new motmum handshers who experience wrist pain after the birth of their baby.

DeQuervains Tenosynovitis is a common hand condition that causes pain at the base of the thumb and into the wrist. It can be classified as a repetitive strain injury due to increased repetition in lifting and prolonged awkward hand postures.

It is agreed across the board that early diagnosis is best as it allows treatment to be started swiftly. It is suggested that current treatment often involves rest, immobilisation and pain relief.

If not treated, DeQuervains usually resolves after mothers stop breastfeeding, but it can be a very painful and difficult time. DeQuervains occurs most frequently in women between the ages of 20 and 40. In new mothers, it is caused by the stress put on their wrists by regular lifting and feeding of a new born baby. Pain can be so severe at times, it could keep mothers up at night

If you are experiencing wrist pain, the following strategies might be helpful:
• A removable wrist and thumb brace
• Simple exercises and stretches
• Equipment such as a breast feeding pillow
• Education on wrist postures

In most cases, pain will ease in two to four weeks. If pain does not ease after treatment, cortico-steroid injections and/or surgery is recommended.

To ascertain types of splints and exercises that you should be doing to treat your condition, please call us on 1300 887 798 to book for a consult with our highly skilled and friendly team.