Hand & Finger Tendon Injuries
Your hands are among the most complex parts of your body, which means you need specialized care after a tendon injury in your hand or fingers. Trust your treatment to the experts at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital. We’ll help relieve your pain and restore the use of your hand, so you can complete your daily activities as easily as possible.
Conditions We Treat
Choose Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital for care of conditions such as:
- Jersey finger – This involves an injury to your flexor hand tendons, which let you bend your fingers. These tendons lie close to your skin’s surface, so they may tear if your palm is deeply cut. You face a higher risk of jersey finger if you take part in athletic activities such as rock climbing or gymnastics, which require frequent hand impacts.
- Mallet finger – This condition affects your extensor hand tendons, which allow your fingers to straighten. Because these tendons lie close to the skin on the back of your hand, they may tear after a deep cut to your hand. Mallet finger is also called “baseball finger” since it occurs when a baseball strikes your fingertips.
Symptoms of Injured Hand Tendons
When you experience a hand tendon injury, you may notice:
- An inability to bend or straighten your fingers
- Blood underneath your fingernails
- Numb fingertips
- Tenderness in the side of your hand that was hurt
Take Care of Your Fingers
Following a tendon injury, rest your hand and wear a bandage to compress your painful fingers. Apply ice and elevate your hand above your heart as much as possible to reduce pain and swelling.
Then, seek professional medical attention to make sure you get complete, proper care for your injury. Your doctor will put your finger in a splint, which you’ll wear for several weeks to help prevent further damage.
If your finger was severely injured, you could benefit from hand surgery. An experienced surgeon at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital may stitch your torn tendon back together, use tissue grafts, tighten stretched-out tendons or remove painful, damaged tissue during an outpatient procedure.
After the operation, you’ll wear a splint for several weeks to protect your hand as it heals. Your doctor might recommend a dynamic splint, which lets your hand move a little to decrease swelling and scar tissue formation. As you recover, orthopedic rehabilitation will help you regain strength and flexibility in your hand.