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Flexor Tendon Injuries – Treatments and Outcomes

The flexor tendons of the hand are responsible for flexing the fingers or thumb, such as when you create a fist or grasp an object. They are frequently cut via sharp objects such as knives. The majority of the muscles that control these tendons are located in the forearm. If a tendon is cut, the end attached to muscle tends to be pulled away from the other end. Therefore surgical repair is often the only way to properly treat the damage.

Symptoms of a flexor tendon injury include inability to flex a finger, pain or snapping when trying to flex a finger. These injuries are often dramatic and result in copious bleeding and potential nerve injury, with resultant numb areas at the tip of the affected finger.
Treatment for flexor tendon injuries involves surgical techniques to coapt the tendon ends strongly without creating unnecessary bulk or scar tissue. There is often a prolonged recovery, with skilled care by a hand therapist using specific exercises, splints and to minimize the risk of stiffness or tendon repair failure. Best results can be expected with early diagnosis, skilled repair and adherence of the patient to flexor tendon rehabilitation.

If you are concerned regarding this problem, we can perform a detailed examination, ultrasound, x-rays and other tests as needed and discuss the options with you to find the option that best suits your needs. Contact us today.