Flexor tendon injuries refer to damage to the tendons that attach the flexor muscles in the forearm to the bones of the fingers and thumb. These tendons allow us to flex (bend) our fingers and thumb. Flexor tendon injuries can occur due to trauma or overuse, and they can range from minor strains to complete tears or cuts.
Symptoms of a flexor tendon injury can include:
Flexor tendon injuries can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
Treatment for flexor tendon injuries depends on the severity and location of the injury. Minor injuries may be treated with rest, immobilization with a splint or brace, and physical therapy to help regain strength and range of motion in the affected finger or thumb. More severe injuries may require surgery to repair or reattach the torn or cut tendon.
Rehabilitation is an important aspect of treatment for flexor tendon injuries. This may involve a combination of physical therapy and occupational therapy to help regain strength, flexibility, and function in the affected hand and fingers. It is important to seek medical attention promptly if you suspect you have a flexor tendon injury, as prompt treatment can help prevent long-term complications such as joint stiffness and reduced mobility.