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How to Mend Your Flexor Tendinitis

Updated on October 31, 2012

There are a set of tendons (called Flexor tendons) at the bottom of each wrist and along the palm of each hand that attach to bones, ligaments and muscles in the hand and fingers. These tendons allow our hands and fingers to perform dexterous movements and have a thin sheath of smooth tissue that allows for fluid movement. The Flexor Digitorum Profundus and Flexor Digitorum Superficialis in particular attach to bones in the fingers facilitating bending and straightening of the first and middle joints of the fingers. Flexor tendinitis may occur directly to the Flexor tendons, or to the sheath encasing the tendons.

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What Causes Flexor Tendinitis?

The wrist and hand facilitate a variety of movements that allow us to perform a range of daily activities. For example, we can tilt our hands down (flexion), up (extension), to the left or right (radial and ulnar deviations) or twisting the wrist to face or hands inward or outward (pronation and supination). We are also able to bend or straighten our fingers at several joints in our fingers and thumb. Injury to the flexor tendons can occur due to overuse or repetition of any of the aforementioned movements of the wrist or fingers.


What Symptoms Should You Expect?

If you are suffering from Flexor tendinitis you may experience pain or tenderness in your fingers, or notice a decrease in mobility of your fingers. You may also have some mild swelling near the joints of your fingers, or more specifically the joint that is closest to your fingertip.


What Treatments are Available to Mend Your Flexor Tendinitis?

Flexor tendinitis injuries will require longer healing processes because tendons are tough, dense tissues that normally receive very little blood flow. It is best to heal any tendon injury with minimal scar tissue formation and as much realignment of fibers as possible; which can be accomplished through Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy.

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As soon as your hand is injured your body triggers natural events that isolate damaged tissue and prepare it for healing. The main symptoms you will immediately feel after injury - the swelling, redness (rubor), heat (calor), pain (dolor), and loss of function - are really just signs that your body is starting to heal.

Unfortunately when your hand is swollen and inflamed the damaged tissue is blocking vital blood flow from coming into the tissue to continue the natural healing process. When your blood flow is blocked, the other healthy tissue in your hand is starved of oxygen, nutrients and antibodies needed for your healthy tissue to thrive and for your injured hand to heal. This is why it's never good to let a new injury stay untreated for too long.

Using cold compression immediately following a hand injury, re-injury, or surgery reduces pain and swelling and reduces the tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries.

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Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy

What can be done for your hand when the swelling is gone, but the pain is still there? Once the swelling is gone our bodies are starving for the naturally occurring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy available in our blood. Blood flow is like the life force of our bodies, and the healing process really takes off only when the elbow receives proper blood flow.

If you want to heal quickly you need to keep your blood flow moving constantly, but you also need to make sure your hand is actively getting rid of cellular waste and toxins. This is where BFST® comes in, but what exactly is BFST® and how can it help to accelerate healing?

BFST® is exactly what it seems - it's a therapy that substantially increases the flow of blood to your hand without the need to exercise your already damaged tissue.

Think about your injured soft tissue as if it is a sponge that has dried out. Your damaged tissue is waiting there ready to absorb all of the benefits of increased blood flow but your body is unable to keep up with the demand of what your tissue needs. BFST® boosts your body's natural blood flow, delivering oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy directly to the source of your pain. Once you start receiving all of the benefits BFST® has to offer your injured hand becomes like a sponge that now has enough blood flow within reach to soak up everything good that is in your blood flow. Increased blood flow through BFST® also acts as a cleanser for your tissue, whisking away all toxins and cellular waste.

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Flexor Tendonitis Questions & Comments

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      MendMeShop LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Luke,

      In your line of work, suffering from repetititve stress ailments is common.

      At this time, a proper diagnosis from your doctor or therapist will give you an idea on a proper course of action.

      Some things to consider...

      You want to be certain that extensibility of the muscle and soft tissue within the problematic region is as great as possible to prevent further straining or possible tearing of the tissue.

      You will also want to obtain proper stretching techniques from your doctor/therapist to utilize before work and at times away from work as well. If the problem persists, then physcial therapy would be the next logical step whereby modalities could be utlized to help reverse some of the accumulated damage.

      If there are any follow up questions, let us know.


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm a chef and I am mainly always using a knife. Repetitive use of a knife could that cause swelling, and stiffness and being sore by using a knife at a long period of time or?? I just wanna try to get to the bottom of it. I stopped using a knife at work as much and it slowly got a little better and got more flexible. lately I've been using one quite a bit and got the soreness and stiffness back.