Extensor Tendon Injuries


The extensor tendons are found on the back of the hand and wrist, and work to straighten (or extend) the fingers, thumb and wrist. Common extensor tendon injuries include a Boutonniere injury (middle joint of the finger cannot straighten) and Mallet finger (drooping of the tip of the finger). Other injuries may involve the tendons on the back of the hand, wrist or forearm. Depending on the type of injury, treatment may include splints/orthoses alone or in conjunction with a surgical procedure to repair the tendon. (See Tendon Repair.)

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