Hand or Finger Tendon Injuries Treated by Expert Orthopedic Doctors

The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

At The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy Medical Center, orthopedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of hand and finger conditions such as tendon injuries. Patients from across the Baltimore region seek Mercy's expertise when they have hand and finger tendon injuries.

About the Condition

The flexor and extensor tendons are the main tendons that enable the fingers to move. The flexor tendons enable the fingers to bend, or flex. The extensor tendons enable the fingers to straighten, or extend. Both the flexor and extensor tendons are located close to the skin. They are injured easily with minor cuts or jamming of the fingers. 

Health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, as well as sports injuries can cause damage to the hand and finger tendons. When these tendons are injured, the nerves in the hand and fingers also can be damaged.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Symptoms of tendon injuries to the hand and fingers include:

  • Open cut
  • Inability to straighten or bend fingers
  • Pain
  • Catching
  • Numbness

Diagnosing a partial tendon tear in the hand and fingers can be difficult. An orthopedic doctor specializing in hand conditions will perform a physical exam and review X-rays to make a diagnosis.

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Treatment Options

Treatment options for hand and finger tendon injuries will vary depending on the extent of the injury. Splints are used to immobilize jammed fingers to facilitate healing. Tendon cuts may need stitches. In some cases, tendon cuts cannot heal without surgery to repair the tendon and reattach to the bone.