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Flexor Tendon Injury

If you suffer from flexor tendon injury, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is Flexor Tendon Injury?

A flexor tendon injury occurs when the flexor tendons in the hand or fingers sustain damage or disruption. Situated on the palm side of the hand, these tendons are accountable for bending or flexing the fingers. They establish connections between the muscles in the forearm and the bones in the fingers, facilitating smooth and controlled finger movements.

Trauma, such as a deep cut or laceration, or repetitive strain or overuse of the fingers, can cause flexor tendon injuries. Injuries to the flexor tendons can result in difficulty or an inability to bend the affected finger or fingers.

Different types of flexor tendon injuries exist, ranging from partial tears or lacerations to complete tendon ruptures. The severity of the injury dictates the treatment approach.

Symptoms of a flexor tendon injury may encompass pain, swelling, tenderness, inability to fully bend the finger or fingers, a popping sensation at the time of injury, or a noticeable gap or deformity in the finger.

Treatment For A Flexor Tendon Injury

Prompt medical attention plays a crucial role in flexor tendon injuries to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, depending on the extent and location of the injury, treatment options may include non-surgical or surgical approaches. Moreover, non-surgical treatment may entail immobilizing the finger with a splint or cast, followed by a structured rehabilitation program to regain finger function and flexibility.

In cases of severe or complete tendon tears, surgery may be necessary to repair or reattach the tendon ends, such as Tenolysis.

Rehabilitation after a flexor tendon injury plays a crucial role in the recovery process. Typically, a hand therapist will work with you, guiding you through exercises and activities to gradually restore strength, range of motion, and function of the affected finger. Following the recommended treatment plan, including any post-surgical instructions and rehabilitation protocols, is essential to optimize the chances of a successful recovery. This also minimizes the risk of complications such as tendon adhesions or stiffness.

If you suspect a flexor tendon injury or experience symptoms related to finger flexion problems, it is important to seek medical attention from a hand surgeon or orthopedic specialist. They will assess your condition, conduct any necessary diagnostic tests, and offer suitable treatment recommendations tailored to your specific needs.

 

 

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