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Hand and Wrist Tendon Injuries

Hand Tendon Injuries services offered in San Marcos, Encinitas and San Diego, CA

Hand tendon injuries can have a significant impact on your daily life. Fellowship-trained hand surgeon Anisa Yalom, MD, in northern San Diego, California, offers diagnosis and treatment of these injuries so your fingers and hands can move effectively again. Call today or use the online tool if you need medical attention for a hand tendon injury. 

Hand Tendon Injuries Q & A

What are tendons, and why are they important in hand function? 

Tendons are tough, fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones. Tendons in the hand facilitate are responsible for translating muscle contractions into precise movements of the fingers and thumb. Without healthy tendons, the intricate movements required for tasks like grasping, gripping, and fine motor activities are compromised.

What are the common causes of hand tendon injuries? 

Hand tendon injuries can result from various factors, including:

  • Trauma
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sudden impact
  • Overuse
  • Sports injuries
  • Cuts from sharp objects 

Tendon injuries can range from mild strains to complete tears, affecting both the tendons themselves and their surrounding structures.

What are the symptoms of a hand tendon injury? 

Symptoms of a hand tendon injury may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Difficulty moving your fingers
  • Weakness

Sometimes you’ll have a popping sensation at the time of injury. In more severe cases, you might notice a gap in the hand or an inability to move a finger or thumb at all.

How do I know if I need medical attention for a hand tendon injury?

It's important to seek medical attention promptly if you suspect a hand tendon injury. Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve outcomes. If you experience severe pain, loss of function, or an obvious deformity in the hand or fingers after an injury, you should seek immediate medical care.

What are the treatment options for hand tendon injuries? 

Treatment depends on the severity of the injury. Mild to moderate injuries might be managed with conservative therapies like rest, splinting, and physical therapy to regain strength and mobility. 

More severe cases, such as complete tears, might require surgical repair. Dr. Yalom uses advanced techniques to reattach or reconstruct damaged tendons and restore hand function.

What is the recovery process like for hand tendon injuries? 

Recovery varies based on the injury's severity and the treatment protocol. Recovery timelines can range from a few weeks for minor injuries to several months for complex cases.  Following surgery, you’ll need rehabilitation through physical therapy. 

Physical therapy helps gradually restore strength, flexibility, and function to the hand. 

Call the office of Anisa Yalom, MD, or use this website to set up an appointment to get help with a hand tendon injury.