A finger flexor tendon injury is damage to the tissues that help the finger move. It can make it hard to bend the finger.
This injury is often caused by a cut to the finger, hand, or arm. Other causes are:
A sports injury:
- Stretching the tendon too far in sports that use hand strength, such as rock climbing
- Catching the finger on another player’s shirt (Jersey finger)
- Weak flexor tendons from health problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis
Things that may raise your chance of this injury are:
Playing certain sports, such as:
- Having health problems that weaken flexor tendons, such as rheumatoid arthritis
Symptoms may be:
- A cut on the palm side of your hand
- Problems bending one or more joints of a finger
- Loss of feeling in a finger
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. The doctor will ask how the injury happened. The finger will be checked. A doctor who treats bones may need to look at it.
A splint will be needed to protect the finger. Other options are:
Antibiotics may be needed to treat or prevent infection.
Most people will need surgery to repair the tendon. Exercises will also be given to help with finger strength and motion.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Teresa Briedwell, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
- Review Date: 09/2019 -
- Update Date: 09/23/2019 -