Hand and Microsurgery Associates
Finger Injuries Q & A
What can cause finger injuries?
Repetitive strain can cause finger injuries, too. For example, if your job involves spending many hours at a keyboard, or you use your hands for manual work, you are more prone to finger injuries. Sports injuries are also a common cause of damage to fingers. Wrist injuries can often affect your fingers, as the nerves and connective tissues that serve your fingers pass through your wrists.
What finger injuries might I get?
- Sprained ligaments
- Dislocated joints
- Strained tendons
- Chronic inflammation
- Severed fingers
Two common finger injuries the Hand and Microsurgery Associates team sees quite often are:
Mallet finger is a common sports injury affecting the top joint of the finger. The tendon on the back of your finger comes away from the muscle it normally connects to, usually because of a jamming or crushing injury. The bone can also fracture.
Jersey finger is a tear in one of your hand’s flexor tendons. Your hand has four flexor tendons, one going to each finger. These tendons enable you to bend or curl your fingers over, so you can grip. Jersey finger affects the tip of the finger, where the tendon attaches to the last bone of your finger. It causes sudden pain and your finger might curl as the ruptured tendon retracts.
How are finger injuries treated?
The Hand and Microsurgery Associates specialists are experts in carrying out complex microvascular and microsurgical repair of finger injuries. They also perform advanced surgeries, such as finger and thumb reattachment or replantation. Your finger injury might require ligament repair or nerve repair surgery, too.
To learn more about the conditions Hand and Microsurgery Associates treats and the procedures they perform, call them today. You can also schedule a consultation to assess any finger injuries you have.