Tendons, muscles and bones work together to give our arms and hands full range of movement. A traumatic injury to a tendon can prevent us from fully extending our wrist or fingers. Tendon injuries such as cuts (lacerations) and severe tendon tears require immediate treatment to prevent permanent damage. Fast, effective care is available at TriHealth Orthopedic & Sports Institute Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Our hand and wrist specialists have extensive experience treating tendon injuries and delivering exceptional outcomes.
Tendons attach muscle to bone. In the forearm, there are several tendons called “flexor tendons” that connect the muscles of the forearm to bones in the fingers. Deep cuts on the fingers, palm or forearm can damage these flexor tendons and surrounding nerve fibers. The tendons can also be stretched too far, causing partial or full tears. In some cases, a tendon can pull completely away from the bone (avulsion fracture).
Flexor tendon and nerve injuries in the forearm and hand are almost always caused by sudden trauma. Causes include:
Symptoms of traumatic tendon injuries include:
Tendon injury treatment will depend on the severity of the trauma. A tendon that is partially cut or torn may be treated nonsurgically. Full tears will require surgery to stitch the two ends of the tendon back together. Nerve damage can also be repaired surgically. After surgery, you will likely require:
Certain risk factors can increase your chances of sustaining tendon or nerve injuries. These include:
Below are a few tips for reducing your risk of injury:
If you’ve sustained a traumatic injury such as a forearm tenon laceration, our specialists can help. Get connected with a specialist who can evaluate your condition create a customized treatment plan. Learn more or make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist: Call TriHealth at 513 246 2300 or our orthopedic partner, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, at 513 961 HAND or 513 961 4263.