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What Happens if Thumb Tendonitis Goes Untreated? Kennesaw, GA

What Happens if Thumb Tendonitis Goes Untreated?

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The symptoms of thumb tendonitis (De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis) can sneak up on you, as they are often mild at first and gradually worsen. However, leaving your tendonitis untreated can lead to severe damage that limits your mobility and take months to recover. At Medici Spine & Pain, we offer effective treatments for relief and recovery of thumb function for our patients with this condition.

What is Thumb Tendonitis?

Thumb tendonitis is an inflammation of the lower thumb and wrist tendons. The base of the thumb contains a narrow tunnel where tendons pass through, connecting the joint of the thumb to the wrist. If these tendons are inflamed and rub against the narrow tunnel, it causes pain at the thumb and into the lower arm base.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain or sensitivity in your thumb or interior side of the wrist
  • A snapping or popping feeling when moving the thumb
  • Increased pain when moving or gripping the thumb
  • Pain spreading from the thumb up the wrist and forearm

While thumb tendonitis can affect anyone, it affects women more than men. Women are 8 to ten times more likely to be affected by the condition.

Common causes of thumb tendonitis include:

  • Repetitive and chronic overuse of the thumb or wrist
  • Hobbies like painting, gardening or racket sports
  • Jobs that involve repetitive tasks such as typing
  • Gaming devices
  • A direct blow to the thumb
  • Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis

Inflammation is the main cause of thumb tendonitis symptoms. Therefore, keep in mind to load up on anti-inflammatory foods and eliminate inflammatory foods. In addition, treatments that relieve the inflammation on the thumb tendons can reduce symptoms.

What Happens When Thumb Tendonitis Goes Untreated?

Many cases of thumb tendonitis respond well to treatment. However, it’s essential to treat it sooner rather than later, as it can lead to a whirlwind of complications. If this condition isn’t treated, it can permanently limit your movement, affecting your ability to perform daily tasks like brushing your hair, eating, dressing or watering plants. In addition, untreated tendonitis can leave the affected tendon weak and become prone to tears and rupture. Unfortunately, a ruptured tendon requires surgery.

Treating Thumb Tendonitis in Georgia

If you have thumb tendonitis and it’s not healing with rest, contact our Medici Spine & Pain team or visit one of our locations in the greater Atlanta area. Steroid injections or a local anesthetic into the tendon sheath, immobilizing the thumb, and other treatments can help improve your condition. We can create a treatment plan to relieve your pain and strengthen your gripping function. Please don’t wait till it’s too late. We can book your appointment today!

Posted on behalf of Medici Spine & Pain

Phone: (844) 328-4624

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To Dr. Sonny and all the staff at Marietta: What a wonderful appointment I had at Medici for epidural injections! I can't say enough about Jana and Sarah and the gentleman in the back and front office personnel also. They were so caring and friendly; it was quite entertaining while waiting for my turn! They have such a pleasant camaraderie together and engage the patients in conversation too. They bring a very comfortable atmosphere to all. It sure helped pass the time and alleviate any anxiety one might have. The best part is I walked out with NO PAIN. However, later I realized that was mostly due to the local anesthesia... Ha, ha on me! I know it is a temporary fix, but I will enjoy it as long as it is effective. I thank all who I've been in touch with during this journey. You're all awesome at all locations!! P.S. Jana and Sarah: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING ME ON AND OFF THOSE NARROW TORTUOUS BEDS!!!! It was my biggest fear!!! Blessings to all...."I'll be back!!"

Joy P.

Dr. Geiger is heaven sent. After one visit hearing my story of dealing with 13 years of awful pain from shingles, she changed my medications. That night I started the new medications and have remained pain free. I still use lidocaine patches but the new medications have made All the difference. She's deeply caring for her patients and thorough in her questions and examination. Too bad I didn't know of her earlier. She has changed my life and I thank God everyday she's in my life. I can't find enough words to praise her skills and thank her for being my caregiver. Apparently she has recently moved here from Florida and we are glad to have her here.

Dr. Dosanjh Patient

Dr. Dosanjh is extremely knowledgeable in his specialty with remarkable knowledge of anatomy and the causes of pain. His ability to diagnose the cause of pain and then provide a complete set of progressive options for resolution is superb. His friendly demeanor enhances the doctor-patient relationship.

Madinah A.

This is MY GUY here I love sonny so much people dont even understand. Whe my primary didnt know what was wrong g with me Sonny did sent me for MRI and it was good from there. I been with sonny for 4 years and counting if I ever move Im coming to Sonny. Also every staff member he got is family to me. When I say this is a dam good doctor HE IS THE BEST.


Everyone in this office is TERRIFIC. Starting from the front office checking in, and going into the room for my visit with dr. Sonny Dosanjh. Dr. Sonny is EXCELLENT he really cares about his patients, he listens to what I have to say, does not interrupt me, he is very concerned about what is going on with me and my health concerns. He really cares. I would highly recommend this office to anyone! They really care and they are genuine. My PCP recommended Dr. Sonny and I'm ever so grateful for that

Dr. Dosanjh Patient

Thoroughly appreciated the medical services provided by Dr. Dosanjh. Dr. Dosanjh is very confident in his patient care and concern. I would definitely refer others and have been telling others about my experience at Medici Spine & Pain both Kennesaw and Buckhead. I wish he took my insurance, as I have injuries not related to my work incident for which I was seeing Dr. Dosanjh. Thank you so very much, Dr. Dosanjh! The staff is warm, welcoming and cheerful and most helpful.


Dr. Dosanjh is a very smart, caring doctor who is highly skilled in his field. He spends whatever time is necessary to "hear" his patients and to explain the proper and best results course of action. I have a very complicated head and neck injury, so it was essential to me to have someone who truly listened with undivided attention, and thought outside the box when necessary. His staff is exemplary. They could not be more helpful and thoughtful. Lucy in particular is a gift of sunshine.

Jill C.

Dr. Sonny is the best! He has done more for me in 2 months than my previous doctor did in 14 years! If you truly want to get out of pain, then contact Dr. Sonny immediately! I just cannot reiterate how incredible a doctor he is! For that matter, his entire staff is warm and inviting! And to top it off, as a patient you get free use of their amazing gym. Highly, highly, highly recommend Dr. Sonny!

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