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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.

What causes a tendon injury?

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.

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The Orthopaedic Unit at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is one of the country’s leading private orthopaedic centres. We provide a complete service for the assessment, treatment and management of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal problems.

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Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, ENT, as well as a private GP practice and our urgent care centre, Casualty First, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

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If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information then get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 0207 078 3891.

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 medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.

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.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRI’s 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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