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Tendon Injury

Injuries to the tendons in the hand are common and are normally the result of a penetrating injury. They can cause severe functional loss if not treated and repaired quickly.

There are two forms of tendon in the hand made up of strong, smooth cords that connect forearm muscles to the bones in the thumb and fingers. The Flexors help the fingers contract to a grip while Extensors straighten the fingers.

Causes

A deep cut or wound or an impact injury can damage the tendons that run close to the surface and along the lines of the finger bones.

Symptoms

The pain from the original damage will be accompanied by a difficulty to straighten a finger or thumb or create a fist.

Diagnosis

A hand surgeon will test the integrity of the tendons to determine what repair is needed. An x-ray may be ordered to give a complete view of the hand structure. Ultrasound or MRI scans can also be used to detect the levels of damage to a tendon.

Treatment

Small cuts to the hand and tendon can be treated with splints and physiotherapy but surgery is a proven and effective tactic to repair severed and damaged tendons to restore function. The operation is performed as day surgery.

A rehabilitation programme of gentle exercise is normally advised to promote the hand to full working order, which can take up to six months.

Make An Appointment

To ask a question, make an enquiry or book an appointment, contact our specialist team on 0207 078 3887 or lhwspecialist@hje.org.uk, the team are available between Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9.00am to 3.00pm. Our elbow team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.

If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

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Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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