Finger Flexor Tendon Injury
A finger flexor tendon injury is damage to the tissues that help the finger move. It can make it hard to bend the finger.
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This injury is often caused by a cut to the finger, hand, or arm. Other causes are:
- A sports injury:
- Stretching the tendon too far in sports that use hand strength, such as rock climbing
- Catching the finger on another player’s shirt (Jersey finger)
- Weak flexor tendons from health problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis
Things that may raise your chance of this injury are:
- Playing certain sports, such as:
- Having health problems that weaken flexor tendons, such as rheumatoid arthritis
Symptoms may be:
- A cut on the palm side of your hand
- Problems bending one or more joints of a finger
- Loss of feeling in a finger
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. The doctor will ask how the injury happened. The finger will be checked. A doctor who treats bones may need to look at it.
A splint will be needed to protect the finger. Other options are:
This injury happens due to accidents. There are no guidelines to prevent it.
Antibiotics may be needed to treat or prevent infection.
- Flexor tendon injuries. American Society for Surgery of the Hand website. Available at: http://www.assh.org/handcare/hand-arm-injuries/Flexor-Tendon. Published 2013.
- Flexor tendon injuries. Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00015.
- Jersey finger—emergency management. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/management/jersey-finger-emergency-management.
- Tuttle HG, Olvey SP, et al. Tendon avulsion injuries of the distal phalanx. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2006 Apr;445:157-168.
- Teresa Briedwell, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
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