Flexor tendon injuries and repairs
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Your flexor tendons are responsible for bending your fingers, thumb and wrist. These can be damaged through injury, such as a crush injury or a laceration to the skin. These may need to be repaired surgically, dependent on the extent of the injury to your flexor tendon(s).
Following surgery, a splint will be fabricated to protect your repair. A home exercise programme will be commenced to optimise your recovery. Additionally, if other structures are also injured, e.g. nerves, your therapy programme may be altered to include different treatment activities and modalities.
Dependent on your healing, you may also be given additional advice regarding the management of your scars and swelling. Please see the scar management section on our web page for further advice on this.
For further information regarding flexor injuries and typical surgical input, see below link to the British Society of Surgery for the Hand: https://www.bssh.ac.uk/patients/conditions/26/flexor_tendon_injury
*BEFORE COMMENCING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ADVICE OR EXERCISES, PLEASE DISCUSS WITH YOUR HAND THERAPIST TO CONFIRM IF IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR INJURY/OPERATION*
For finger flexor tendon repair:
For thumb flexor tendon repair:
For wrist flexor tendon repair: