Finger Flexor Tendon Injury
Tendons connect muscles to bone. The fingers have tendons that run all the way up to the finger tips. The tendons on the palm side let you curl your fingers. A flexor tendon injury is damage to these tendons. When the tendons are damaged, you can lose your ability to bend your finger(s).
Healthy Flexor Tendons of the Hand
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Flexor tendon injures most commonly occur as a cut or laceration to the hand. Other causes include:
Damage to the tendon from:
- A cut to fingers—palm side
A sports injury:
- Stretching of tendon
- Jersey finger—when finger catches on another player’s jersey or clothing
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Last reviewedSeptember 2013by Teresa Briedwell, DPT, OCS
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