Harvard Women's Health Watch

Tendon trouble in the hands: de Quervain's tenosynovitis and trigger finger

Women are more likely than men to develop these painful conditions.

Our hands connect us with the world. We work with our hands and communicate with our hands. The wear and tear from all that use can sometimes cause painful conditions, and women are particularly prone to develop two of these: de Quervain's (pronounced deh-KWER-vins) tenosynovitis and stenosing tenosynovitis (or trigger finger). Both involve the tendons of the hand.

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