Flexor Tendon Injuries

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A severe cut on the palm area of your hand, fingers, wrist, or lower arm can harm your flexor tendons, which are the tissues tasked with controlling hand movement. A flexor tendon injury can make it difficult to twist your thumb or fingers.

 

Similar to an elastic band, the tendons undergo strain as they interface the muscle to the bone. In the event that a tendon is severed or torn, the tip of the tendon will become separated, thus making it impractical for the tendon to mend all alone.

 

Since the nerves of the fingers are likewise near the tendons, they might end up being severed as well. This will bring about deadness on either or both sides of the finger. In situations where the veins are additionally severed, there may be shortage of blood supply to the finger. This calls for prompt surgery.

 

Sometimes, the flexor tendons might be incompletely torn or severed. In case of an incomplete tendon tear, the fingers might still retain the ability to bend normally, though not fully. These kinds of tears can be hard to analyze.

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Causes

Notwithstanding cuts on the hand, fingers or arm, some specific games exercises can result in flexor tendon injuries. These kinds of injuries are common in wrestling, football and rugby. A standout amongst the most well-known of these games injuries is the "Jersey finger". It occurs when a player holds onto another's jersey and a finger (for the most part the ring finger) becomes entangled and pulled. The tendon ends up being pulled off the bone. In sports that demand a considerable measure of hand and arm strength, for example, rock climbing, tendons in addition to their sheaths can likewise be pulled or severed.

 

Some specific health conditions (rheumatoid arthritis, for instance) debilitate the flexor tendons thereby making them prone to tear. This can occur all of a sudden or with injury — an individual may suddenly observe that his or her finger doesn't twist anymore, but can't remember how it could have transpired.

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Indications

The most widely recognized indications of a flexor tendon injury are:

• An exposed injury, for example, a cut, on the palm area of your hand, usually at the area the skin folds as the finger twists

• Lack of ability to twist one or more joints of your finger

• Discomfort when the finger is twisted

• Softness on the inside area of the palm along your finger

• Numbness at the tip of your finger

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Surgical Treatment

Since tendons can be severed in various ways, for example, at an angle, straight across, or pulled clean off the bone — there are a wide range of procedures through which the specialist can repair them. Every one of the procedures for repair, in any case, includes unique sutures, which are generally stitches. Surgery is often carried out on an outpatient premise (you can be discharged same day after surgery).

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Projected Improvements and Recuperation

It can require upwards of 2 months or more for recuperation and for your hand to be sufficiently healed before you can use it fully. It might require one or more month before your hand can be used to apply serious weight.

 

Not long after surgery, you are encouraged to start physiotherapy sessions. Some particular activities will assist you to slowly recover movement and ability. Rigidity after surgery is quite normal, though it often goes away with therapy. We generally encourage you to finish your first rehabilitation session at our unique facilities.

 

The wearing of splint and proper physical therapy, as endorsed by your health specialist are as critical to recuperation as the surgery itself.

 

In spite of broad therapy, a few patients suffer lasting rigidity after flexor tendon injuries. Now and then, another surgery is needed to free up scar tissue and assist the patient recover movement.

Generally speaking, flexor tendon surgery leads to appropriate return of capabilities and satisfaction of patients.

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