Oh girl, no he didn’t! Oo wee, ouch. Hey everybody, it’s Dr. Jo. I’ve gotten two different emails recently, one from Justin and one from Cindy. Cindy was asking DeQuervain’s Syndrome and Justin was actually asking about Blackberry thumb. They are basically the same thing. Then tendons in your thumb get very irritated from an overuse injury. So texting is really going to irritate those tendons. So let’s get started on some stretches and exercises, and hopefully get that feeling better for you. The first two exercises are going to be stretching the two tendons that go to your thumb all the way out to the wrist. What you.
Want to do is hold your hand up straight, and take your thumb and reach over to your pinky and come back. You can alternate fingers. Go all the way down and then go back the other way. You can do this in a continuous motion, but don’t go fast. You want to get a little stretch while you are doing it. So this is not exactly what you want to do. You want to go nice and slow, get that stretch, get that movement, get those tendons moving back and forth to help increase the circulation to help the healing process. Then you can.
Actually go into a stretch. Just stretch those tendons. Bring your pinky down, and grab it with your thumb, and hold it there for about 30 seconds. After you do that for 30 seconds, relax, and do that 2 more times. So a total of 3 times stretching out that tendon. Now it’s equally important to stretch your wrist because these tendons run through that wrist canal. So the next stretches are stretching your wrist. If you want to check out a whole bunch of wrist exercises, you can check that out on my hand and wrist stretches tutorial.
De Quervains Syndrome Stretches, aka Blackberry Thumb Ask Doctor Jo
What you want to do now is just take your hand, don’t push too hard into pain, just to a stretch. Hold that there for 30 seconds, and then reverse it and stretch that way. Again holding it for 30 seconds. You can do this against a wall, but you probably want to start off with just using your hand so it’s not quite as much pressure. After you do each of those for 30 seconds, 3 times each, then you can start strengthening a little bit. I like to start off with some veggies or soup. Something light, this is about a.
Pound. Once it gets easier, you can start adding weight, but you really want to start something not too heavy because you don’t want to irritate these tendons, you just want to work them out. You can start off with going down and up, and just alternating back and forth. Just start off with about 10 of these. You don’t want to do a whole lot, and you don’t want it to be painful. So if it’s painful, just try it without it, going back and forth. You can rest your arm on something if you need to or you can just hold it up. After.
That, you want to switch, and your going to go up and down this way. This is probably, going down, is where you are really going to feel that stretch. So if you want to take your thumb and go this way or you can grip it on the side. Going up and down. 10 of those, all directions. Just start off with one set, and when that becomes easy, then you can build up your sets. Next find some rubber bands. I’ve got two different kinds. You probably want to start off with a small rubber band just to give you a little bit of resistance.
Then you can move up to the bigger rubber bands. I’m going to start off with the small one. Put it around all of your fingers including your thumb. Almost like you are doing a little puppet show, and then take it and stretch it out and slowly come back in. It’s just like those resistive bands, you don’t want the rubber band to squeeze your fingers back in. You control the band. So you can go this way with the thumb or you can open up all your fingers going out and in. But again, just start with about 10 of them, and if that.
Doesn’t cause any soreness or pain, then the next day you can start building up your reps and your sets. Last one, if you’ve got a ball, this is a racquet ball. You can use a tennis ball, you can use a big squishy foam ball, but all you’re going to do is squeeze. Hold it for about 2 seconds, and then come back out. This is going to be a lot stronger than like maybe a NERF ball. So you might want to start off with something a little softer.
Than a racquet ball because this is pretty thick. So same thing, just start off with 10, and then work your way up. There you have it. So if you are a big texter, not like me, or if you do a lot of repetitive movements with your thumbs, these exercises should help. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section. If you would like to check out some other tutorials, go to askdoctorjo Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Twitter, and remember be safe, have fun, and I hope you feel better soon!.