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Jersey Finger (Torn Flexor Tendon of the Hand)


 What is jersey finger?
 What is the cause?
 What are the symptoms?
 How is it diagnosed?
 How is it treated?
 How can I take care of myself?
 How can I help prevent jersey finger?

Jersey Finger: Illustration
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What is jersey finger?

Jersey finger is a tear in one of the tendons in your hand. Tendons are strong bands of tissue that connect muscle to bones. The tendon that usually tears is called a flexor tendon. Flexor tendons attach muscles in your hand to the bones near the tips of your fingers. Flexor tendons are used to flex or bend your fingers. For example, you use your flexor tendons when you make a fist.

What is the cause?

Jersey finger happens in sports like football--for example, if you grab your opponent's jersey and close your fist. If your hand is then forced open, the stress can pull the tendon off the bone, tear a small piece of bone off the finger, or tear the tendon itself. The finger injured most often is the ring finger because it is usually weaker than the other fingers.

Sometimes a flexor tendon is injured when you have a cut on the palm of your hand.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may include:

How is it diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms, activities, and medical history. You may have X-rays or other scans.

How is it treated?

A torn flexor tendon must be repaired with surgery. With surgery you will be able to bend your finger.

Before surgery you may need to wear a splint and keep your hand up on a pillow when you sit or lie down. After surgery you will have physical therapy. Recovery after surgery may take several months.

How can I take care of myself?

To reduce swelling and pain for the first few days after the injury:

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions, including any exercises recommended by your provider. Ask your provider:

Make sure you know when you should come back for a checkup.

How can I help prevent jersey finger?

Warm-up exercises and stretching before activities can help prevent injuries. Follow safety rules and use any protective equipment recommended for your work or sport. For example, proper form in tackling; exercises to strengthen your hands; and taping, splinting, or protective strapping before a game can help prevent jersey finger.

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References

Busconi, B. D., and Stevenson, J. H., Sports Medicine Consult, Lippincott 2009.

Brotzman SB, and RC Manske. Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, An Evidence-Based Approach, Third Edition. Elsevier, 2011.

Michael Neumeister. Orthopedic Surgery for Flexor Tendon Lacerations. Medscape. Web. Updated Feb. 28, 2010. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1238823-overview.

Sarwark, John. Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, 4th ed., American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2010.



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