Young Mother Wrist Tendonitis

De Quervains Syndrome, Mommy’s Thumb, New Mother Wrist Tendonitis Osteopathy Treatment, Remedies and Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Exercises in London, at Home or at the Practice in Belgravia, Westminster SW1 and Clapham SW4 near Battersea. Osteopath specialised

Osteopath and physiotherapist in London specialised in new mother conditions

At Mummy’s Physio, we care deeply about giving the best treatment to new mothers and we know the conditions that can be caused by giving birth and the few months following labour. Our mother’s specialised osteopath and physiotherapist in London have years of experience treating women that have recently given birth and will offer you a detailed assessment and create a customised treatment plan just for you.


If you are an Axa or Bupa patient, you cannot book online. Please call our office with your authorisation number.

If you cannot find an appointment which suits you or would like a home visit, call us or send us a message: we will do our best to find you a slot.

De Quervains Syndrome, Mommy’s Thumb, Young Mother Wrist Tendonitis Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Treatment in London

Our new mother specialised osteopath and physiotherapist will provide a full assessment of your condition in order to provide the best treatment plan for you. Osteopathy, transversal massage and stretching are the most efficient remedies to reduce the pain quickly. Our Osteopath and physiotherapist will also teach you exercises to do by yourself for your wrist, hand and arm, which will strengthen your muscles, reduce pain and limit tendon irritation. She will also teach you how to lift and carry your baby properly, as well as the optimal position to hold the baby when breastfeeding, in order to avoid more irritation and pain in the future.

The osteopath and physiotherapist might also recommend using a wrist/thumb splint during the day in order to immobilise the wrist and thumb and prevent you from using it in a way that causes more pain.

De Quervains Syndrome, Mommy’s Thumb, Young Mother Wrist Tendonitis Osteopathy Treatment and Physiotherapy Rehabilitation in London at Home or at our Practices in Belgravia Westminster SW1, Clapham SW4 and Moorgate EC2

We know that travelling together with your newborn can be difficult, especially if you are breastfeeding, that’s why we offer treatment at home, anywhere in London. However, if you prefer to be seen at the practice, we offer Osteopathy and Physiotherapy treatments at three different London locations: Light Centre Moorgate EC2 in the City of London, between Liverpool Street and Monument stations, Light Centre Belgravia in Westminster SW1 near Victoria station, and at our physiotherapy practice in Clapham SW4 between Clapham South and Clapham Common stations and near Battersea.

We are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa recognised and axa ppp recognised

For home visit physiotherapy & osteopathy in London or in our practices in Belgravia, Moorgate and Clapham:
0207 125 0262 / 0782 455 3765

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What is De-Quervains-Syndrome, Mummy’s Thumb, Young Mother Tendonitis?

New mothers often ask the questions below:

Why do I have pain in my wrist when I carry my baby?

Why do I experience pain and swelling near the base of the thumb or on top of my thumb?

Why does my wrist feel tender to the touch?

Why is it difficult to grip, pinch or squeeze an object?

What is this “sticking” sensation in my thumb when I try to move it?

If you have asked these questions yourself, then you might suffer from mummy’s thumb, also know as young mother’s wrist tendonitis or by its official medical name “de Quervain’s tenosynovitis”. It is a condition affecting the tendons on the thumb and the side of the wrist and it’s quite common amongst new mothers. It is caused by repetitive hand or wrist movement and in new mothers in particular, by the continuous thumb extension when holding or lifting the baby and due to hormonal changes after pregnancy. On average a new mother will lift their baby 25 to 30 times a day, which can cause inflammation in the tendons and as a result, swelling, tenderness and pain.

What are the symptoms of De-Quervains-Syndrome, Mummy’s Thumb, Young Mother Wrist Tendonitis?

As mentioned above the most common symptoms of this condition are:

  • Pain and swelling near the base of the thumb or on top of the thumb
  • Tenderness above the wrist
  • Difficulty with gripping, pinching or squeezing
  • A “sticking” sensation in the thumb when moving it
  • Difficulty lifting or carrying a baby or an object

Remedies to ease the pain of De-Quervains-Syndrome, Mummy’s Thumb, Young Mother Wrist Tendonitis

  • Learn how to carry your baby differently
  • Rest your wrist as much as possible
  • Massage the painful area
  • Ice it for 20 min 2 times a day
  • Do gentle stretching
  • Wear a wrist brace
  • You can use painkillers if necessary for a few days