What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?


Tenosynovitis is the inflam-

Pain, heat, and stiffness will be

Massage is locally contraindicated

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mation of a tendon and/or

present in the acute stage. In the

For tenosynovitis in the acute


surrounding synovial

subacute stage, only stiffness and

stage, and very much indicated in


sheath. It can happen wher-

pain may be present. The tendon

the subacute stage.


ever tendons pass through

may feel or sound creaky (crepitis)



these sheaths, but is espe-

as it moves through the sheath. It



cially common in the fore-

is difficult to bend fingers with



arm, particularly in the ex-

tenosynovitis, but even harder to



tensor muscles.

straighten them.



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