Extensor Tendons lesions

What is it?

Extensor tendons are a kind of elastic bands that with the contraction of the muscles of the forearm , stretch fingers.

At the base of the fingers, extensor tendons are joined with the tendons of the muscles of the hand to form a complex extensor apparatus in the back of the fingers


Among the most common causes:

  • Wounds of the hand (glass,knife,drift,tilting)

  • Trauma - even slight - of fingers without wounds

  • What are the symptoms

    • Wounds in the back of the hand and fingers

    • Inability (or pain) when bending fingers

    • Motility alterations (hammertoe)

    • Pain at the base of the thumb

    • Pain when moving fingers

    How is it treated?

    All the wounds of the hand should be surgically explored

    “Noble” structures are many and even a small nerve and/or tendon tearing can be easily treated if recognized in emergency.

    In the postoperative period patient should wear braces, and physiotherapy is often recommended to promote healing.

    Surgery due to sutured tendons breakage and/or non-slipping condition is a wide branch of hand surgery that successfully obtains good results