If you’re having difficulty bending your fingers or moving your wrist, you may have an extensor or flexor tendon injury. Kelley Wear, MD, at The Hand Center in Broomfield and Thornton, Colorado, is a Boulder and Denver-area hand surgeon specialist and can examine you to determine what is causing your limited mobility in order to provide the most effective treatment. Call today or schedule an appointment online.
Your extensor tendons lie under your skin on the back of your hand and wrist. Your flexor tendons go through your palm and help bend the fingers down into a fist. Tendons connect the muscle to your bone. They also assist in the movement of your fingers, hand, and wrist. A cut or finger jam can injure your tendons and cause immobility.
Tendon injuries are classified based on how they affect your finger.
A mallet finger is an extensor tendon injury that affects the tip of your finger, causing it to droop due to a cut or tear of the tendon. It’s a common injury that usually occurs with jamming the finger.
A boutonniere or swan-neck deformity are conditions that affect the appearance and function of your finger, causing it to bend down in abnormal ways. This can happen with a tear, a cut or another mechanism.
Any cut that occurs to your hand, fingers, wrist, or forearm can injure a tendon and make it difficult for you to move your fingers.
Dr. Wear can assess if you’ve suffered a tendon injury and what needs to be done to treat it after an examination.
Treatment of your tendon injury depends on the severity and cause of your injury. Dr. Wear prefers to take a conservative approach to management of tendon injuries and may recommend you splint the affected finger to allow the tendon to repair itself.
Surgery may be necessary to stitch the tendon together if the tendon is not intact or significantly torn or cut. You may also need surgery to break up any scar tissue that may cause immobility in your finger.
If you’re having difficulty moving your finger or thumb, you may have a tendon injury. Dr. Wear is a hand specialist and can treat your injury and get you back to your usual activities. Call The Hand Center or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.