About Extensor Tendons
The extensor tendons are found on the back of the hand and wrist, under the skin. The extensor tendons are responsible for the extension of the wrist and fingers. Their proximity to the skin makes them vulnerable to injury with sharp objects. It is probable that you have injured these tendons if you cannot extend your fingers or wrist. Extensor tendon injuries typically require surgical repair. Blunt or crushing injuries that injure these tendons have a more complex treatment and may have a prolonged recovery. Delay to treatment beyond a few weeks will potentially worsen the outcome or require the need for more invasive surgery. Tendon surgery nearly always requires care with a hand or occupational therapist to safely reestablish motion and strength, without risking the integrity of the repair. Patients that work within the personalized protocol outlined by their hand surgeon and therapist often have the best satisfaction and fullest recovery. Contact us today.