Research project

Occupational rehabilitation

Thumb strength and mobility in workers with De Quervain’s tenosynovitis: evaluation and impact on hand performance

Daniel Bourbonnais, Patrick Harris, Katia Fournier / Université de Montréal
Josée Arsenault / Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
Élisabeth Dutil / Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay de Montréal
Sophie De Serres / Université McGill
Gina Bravo / Université de Sherbrooke

0099-1720 : Completed

The researchers characterized the pain and the strength and mobility deficits, as well as the functional capacity of healthy subjects and others with De Quervain’s disease by using clinical and experimental tools. The results indicate a reduction in thumb mobility and symptomatic strength measurements compared to a healthy hand, but also an asymptomatic hand. Furthermore, the analyses resulted in a model being proposed that suggests that pain causes a reduction in hand mobility and strength, and that these two variables contribute independently to a reduction in upper limb performance. This study reveals that strength, mobility and pain are pertinent variables in results measurement in the population with this disease.

IRSST publications

Bourbonnais, Daniel; Piotte, France; Forget, Nancy; Bestaven, Emma; Harris, Patrick; Fournier, Katia; Arsenault, Josée; Bravo, Gina
Force et mobilité du pouce chez le travailleur avec une maladie de de Quervain : évaluation et impact sur la performance de la main   (Thumb strength and mobility in workers with Quervain’s disease: Evaluation and impact on hand performance)
Études et recherches / Rapport  R-493, Montréal, IRSST, 2007, 64 pages. Free download   More Info

Scientific publications and communications

Desrosiers J.,  Bourbonnais D.,  Corriveau H.,  Gosselin S.,  Bravo G. 
Effectiveness of unilateral and symmetrical bilateral task training for upper extremity during the sub-acute phase after stroke: a randomized controlled trial
Clinical Rehabilitation, vol. 19, no 6, 2005, p. 581-593.

Forget N.,  Piotte F.,  Arsenault J.,  Harris P.,  Bourbonnais D. 
Bilateral thumb active range of motion and strength in de Quervain’s disease: comparison with a normal population
Journal of Hand Therapy, vol. 21, no 3, 2008, p. 276-285.

Mercier C.,  Bertrand M.,  Bourbonnais D. 
Comparison of strength measurement under single-joint ans multi-joint condition in hemiparetic subjects
Clinical Rehabilitation, vol. 19, no 5, 2005, p. 523-530.

Messier S.,  Bourbonnais D.,  Desrosiers J.,  Roy Y. 
Dynamic analysis of trunk flexion following stroke
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, vol. 85, no 10, 2005, p. 1619-1624.

Messier S.,  Bourbonnais D.,  Desrosiers J.,  Roy Y. 
Weight bearing on the lower limbs in sitting position during bilateral movements of the upper limbs in post-stroke subjects
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, vol. 37, no 4, 2005, p. 242-246.

Requiao L. F.,  Nadeau S.,  Milot M. H.,  Gravel D.,  Bourbonnais D.,  Gagnon D. 
Quantification of level of effort of the plantarflexors and hip extensors and flexor muscles in healthy subjects walking at different cadences
Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, vol. 15, no 4, 2005, p. 393-405.

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