Finger Extensor Tendon Injury
Extensor tendon injuries may be caused by:
- A cut to the hand or fingers
- Stretching the tendon too far, such as when catching a baseball
- A blow to the finger with an object, such as a ball
- Weak tendons from health problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis
Symptoms may be:
- A cut to the back of the hand or fingers
- Pain and swelling
- Problems opening the hand or fingers
- A change in the way the finger looks or feels
A splint will be needed to protect the finger as it heals. Other options are:
Medicine may be given to ease pain. Antibiotics may be used to treat an infection.
Some people may need surgery to repair the tendon. Exercises will also be given to help with finger strength and motion.
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Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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