You have two main sets of tendons in your hand: flexor tendons and extensor tendons. While flexor tendons are located on the palm side of your fingers, extensor tendons are located on the top side of the finger. Flexor tendons allow you to flex your fingers to grasp things, and extensor tendons allow you to straighten your fingers and release your grasp.
Damage to any of the tendons in your hand dramatically affects your ability to move your fingers properly. In most cases, this damage occurs because of a deep cut in your hand that reached the affected tendon. You’re more likely to have a tendon laceration if you have a condition that weakened your tendons, such as arthritis.
You may have a flexor or extensor tendon laceration if you have a visible cut, pain when bending your finger, and/or the inability to bend or flex an individual finger. Dr. Devanny usually diagnoses these injuries based on a thorough examination of your hand. He may also order an X-ray to look for damage to your bones.
Sometimes, your condition may resolve on its own with ice and rest over a few days or weeks. During this time, you can take anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers to deal with symptoms.
If the injury to your tendon is too severe to heal on its own, you’ll need surgery. The goal of the procedure is to repair the tendon and speed the healing process. If your injury isn’t healing properly, talk with Dr. Devanny about your options.
During surgery for tendon laceration, Dr. Devanny sutures parts of the tendon together, or he reattaches the tendon to the bone, depending on the specifics of your injury. After the procedure, you’ll wear a cast or splint for approximately six weeks to protect the tendon from damage and ensure that it heals properly.
Tendon lacerations may worsen over time if you don’t get the treatment you need quickly. If you think you have a tendon laceration, make an appointment with Dr. Devanny right away to investigate the issue.
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