When a tendon in your hand is cut (lacerated), moving your fingers can be hard to do. Tendons are tough, flexible, ropy fibres that connect muscle to bone. The tendons allow the fingers to move.
The tendons in the palm of your hand are called flexors. If a flexor is cut, you may not be able to bend your fingers. The tendons that run over your knuckles and down the back of your hand are called extensors. If an extensor is cut, you might not be able to straighten the fingers.
Your doctor has examined your hand. He or she asked you to try to move your fingers. This helped find which tendon was cut. The doctor also checked to see if the blood vessels and nerves in your fingers were damaged.
Your treatment depends on how bad the cut is.
In either case, you may have to wear the splint for up to 2 months while the tendon heals. It may take 1 more month before you can use your hand as before.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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