Finger Flexor Tendon Injury
This injury is often caused by a cut to the finger, hand, or arm. Other causes are:
A sports injury:
- Stretching the tendon too far in sports that use hand strength, such as rock climbing
- Catching the finger on another player’s shirt (Jersey finger)
- Weak flexor tendons from health problems, such as rheumatoid arthritis
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a (Jersey Finger)
American Society for Surgery of the Hand http://www.assh.org
Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.aaos.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Trauma Association of Canada http://www.traumacanada.org
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