Tendons are strong, rope like structures that connect muscles in the forearm and hand to the bones of the fingers and thumb. There are two different types of tendons, known as the flexor tendons (which bend the fingers) or the extensor tendons (which straighten the fingers). Usually, a tendon injury starts with some type of trauma – either a cut to the surface of the hand or a violent pulling or jamming injury to the finger. If you have difficulty bending or flexing your fingers or thumb, if you have difficulty straightening your fingers or thumb, or if you have pain when trying to straighten or bend your finger, you may have a tendon injury. If you have been diagnosed with a tendon injury, or are concerned that you might have one, please contact The Center for Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery so that we can evaluate you and determine the best treatment to restore your function.
To learn more about flexor tendon injuries, please click here.
To learn more about extensor tendon injuries, please click here.
Tendonitis or tendon conditions
Tendonitis, tendinopathies, or tenosynovitis are all terms that describe painful inflammation of tendons. This can happen in multiple different areas of the hand, wrist, and forearm. Generally speaking, tendons can become inflamed, causing significant amounts of pain upon movement of various parts of the upper extremity. Common areas for tendonitis are the thumb tendons at the wrist level, the tendons as they insert near the elbow, the tendons as they glide through a sheath at the base of the fingers, as well as others. At The Center for Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery, we can treat the pain arising from these conditions in various fashions, ranging from steroid injections to surgical procedures. If you are concerned that you have tendonitis or tenosynovitis, please contact The Center for Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery so that we can evaluate you and determine the best treatment to restore your function.
There are many types of tendonitis or tendinopathies:
To learn more about trigger finger, which is the most common tendinopathy, please click here.
To learn more about 1st extensor tenosynovitis, or De Quervain’s syndrome, please click here .
To learn more about tennis elbow, which is a common source of arm and elbow pain, please click here.