What Is Gamer’s Thumb?

The technical term for Gamer’s Thumb is de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis.

It’s essentially inflammation and damage to the tendons of your thumb, as they run back through your wrist to your forearm.

Gamers are particularly susceptible to developing this painful condition, but also Office Workers and Smartphone can get it. The intensity of the gaming experience requires your thumbs and fingers to be moving constantly, causing a lot of strain over long periods of time (some gamers regularly play for 8+ hours a day!) 

These long periods of gaming repeatedly using your thumb causes the Repetitive Strain Injury that needs to be addressed as soon as it becomes painful. If you neglect this condition, it can seriously affect your gaming performance.


Pack for gamer's thumb pain treatment
Gamer’s Thumb Kit
£ 59.99
  • EUR: € 69.99
  • USD: $ 79.99

Symptoms of Gamer’s Thumb

  • Pain at the base of your thumb while using it
  • Weakness when trying to put pressure through the thumb
  • Swelling and Redness
  • Sometimes Wrist Pain and even into Forearm and Elbow
  • Clicking Thumb when moving

Causes of Gamer’s Thumb

  • Long periods of over-use of the Thumb (Gaming, Office Work etc)
  • An accident that damages the thumb
  • Other sports like racket sports or even golf
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis has been implicated, so get this checked!
Gamer's Thumb Rehab Information Booklet
Gamer's Thumb - Information Booklet

Competitive Gamer Thumb Injury & Performance

Hands up who wants to be a successful professional gamer?

This kit can also help Competitive Gamers (and non-competitive 😀) improve their performance by helping them prolong their play-time without incurring the repetitive strain of Gamer’s Thumb. It’s important to take an approach to your sport like any other professional, and to adopt healthy and sustainable habits.

Our methodology of Massaging, Mobilizing, Stretching and Strengthening arms, wrists and thumbs will help you avoid the injuries that often plague your competitors. Look after your thumbs!

You really should be looking after your Posture while you game so you can avoid the hell of Back Pain, and Neck Pain!

How To Fix Gamer's Thumb

Once you have been diagnosed with Gamer’s Thumb, it’s relatively easy to fix. Under the guidance of your medical professional, we provide the tools to self-manage your injury, and improve going forward:

  • Heat Therapy
  • Massage
  • Movement
  • Stretching
  • Strength Exercises
  • Cold Therapy
  • Bracing
Is There Pain Relief For Gamer's Thumb

You can certainly take pain-killers, if your thumb is painful, but this is only a temporary measure. You need to get a professional diagnosis before you can then embark on a treatment program.

Should I Continue Gaming With A Sore Thumb?

Depending on the severity of the pain, and the advice of your medical professional, you may be able to continue playing while you have Gamer’s Thumb. Although, this is typically an overuse injury, so it benefits greatly from rest. A full diagnosis and treatment program is the best course of action.

Is Gamer's Thumb Pain Permanent

No, it’s typically not permanent. As an overuse injury, you can often rest to improve the condition; better still, you can actively manage your thumbs with stretching and strength exercises to help prevent it recurring – after you’ve had a fully diagnosis of course.