Prevalence of Dequervains Tenosynovitis in 20-40 Years Old Mobile Users

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Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif
Muhammad Mahmood Alam
Muhammad Waseem Akhtar
Sidrah Shabbir
Muhammad Mustafa Gul
Ghania Asad


Background: The advent of mobile technology has revolutionized communication but has also introduced new health concerns, including DeQuervain's tenosynovitis (DQT), a condition affecting the thumb and wrist. Previous studies have reported varying prevalences of DQT among mobile users, with potential gender differences in susceptibility. This study seeks to add to the existing body of knowledge by exploring the prevalence of DQT among young adult mobile users and examining gender differences in the condition's occurrence.

Objective: To determine the prevalence of DeQuervain's tenosynovitis among mobile users aged 20–40 years and to investigate whether there are significant gender differences in the susceptibility to the condition.

Methods: This cross-sectional study involved 100 participants, stratified by gender, who regularly use mobile devices. Data were collected through self-administered questionnaires to assess mobile device usage patterns and symptoms of DQT. The Finkelstein test was used to diagnose DQT among participants. Statistical analysis included the calculation of prevalence rates, and the Pearson correlation coefficient was employed to explore the relationship between mobile device usage and symptoms of DQT. Gender differences were assessed using chi-square tests.

Results: Of the 100 participants, 52% tested positive for DeQuervain's tenosynovitis. Female mobile users demonstrated a higher prevalence (58%) compared to male mobile users (42%). The study also found a moderate positive correlation (r = 0.37, p = 0.001) between the extent of mobile device use and symptoms of DQT. The Quick DASH scores ranged from 12.0 to 45.00, with an average score of 17.75 ± 6.91, indicating variability in the impact of DQT on functional abilities.

Conclusion: The study confirms a high prevalence of DeQuervain's tenosynovitis among young adult mobile users, with a significant gender difference indicating higher susceptibility among females. These findings underscore the need for ergonomic considerations and preventive measures in the use of mobile devices to mitigate the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.

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Sharif, M. S., Alam, M. M., Akhtar, M. W., Shabbir, S., Gul, M. M., & Asad, G. (2024). Prevalence of Dequervains Tenosynovitis in 20-40 Years Old Mobile Users. Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Research, 4(1), 1153–1157.
Author Biographies

Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College Lahore Pakistan.

Akhtar Saeed Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan.

Muhammad Mahmood Alam, Akhtar Saeed College of Rehabilitation Sciences Lahore Pakistan.

Akhtar Saeed College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.

Muhammad Waseem Akhtar, Akhtar Saeed College of Rehabilitation Sciences Lahore Pakistan.

Akhtar Saeed College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.

Sidrah Shabbir, Akhtar Saeed College of Rehabilitation Sciences Lahore Pakistan.

Akhtar Saeed College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.

Muhammad Mustafa Gul, Akhtar Saeed College of Rehabilitation Sciences Lahore Pakistan.

Akhtar Saeed College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.

Ghania Asad, Akhtar Saeed College of Rehabilitation Sciences Lahore Pakistan.

Akhtar Saeed College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.


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