Injuries both small and large can injure the tendons in the hand and fingers. Tendons are the connective structures that attach the muscle to bone and cause movement of our joints. In the hand, there are flexor tendons that bend the fingers and wrist down, and extensor tendons that straighten them back out. Traumatic injuries can happen from the fingertips to the forearm.
Tendon repair is a surgical procedure that reattached the torn ends. Occasionally, and tendon transfer procedure may be necessary, which is when one tendon is taken and reattached to another area to better restore strength and function. A detailed therapy regimen is then prescribed with a certified hand therapist to help the body recover.
Timing of tendon repair is critical – most injuries should be repaired within 10-14 days from the injury itself!
If you have suffered an tendon injury, please call Timothy B. Larson, MD at 940-299-HAND to schedule your consultation.