Tenosynovitis occurs when a tendon is injured or irritated or the sheath is injured causing restricted movement pain and swelling.
The tissue that attaches muscles to a bone is called a tendon. Tendons slide through a tunnel called the tendon sheath.
Tenosynovitis can affect any area of your body but it typically occurs in wrists, hands and feet. Some types of tenosynovitis include:
The method of treatment used will depend on what area of your body is affected and how long you have had tenosynovitis.
- Anti-inflammatory medications may help decrease swelling and pain
- Splitting or a brace may provide support and help rest the area
- Steroid injections to reduce swelling
In severe cases your consultant may recommend surgery.
Related treatments and procedures
Shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repair)
The rotator cuff is formed of four tendons and the adjacent muscles that attach your arm to the top of your shoulder blade, which gives the shoulder stability and control. Tears to the rotator cuff tendon can occur for many reasons including acute injury, overuse or normal age-related changes.