Conditions & Treatments

Tendon Problems

Tendon Problems

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Tendons are the tough, fibrous bands that connect the muscles to the bones. They appear throughout the body and provide an important role in your everyday motion. When one of these tendons is torn or pulled, it can seriously affect your ability to use your arm and hand.

Tendon problems often happen because of the activities we do, but sometimes a persistent problem is actually something more serious. People often confuse tendon problems with a torn muscle and misdiagnose themselves. Tendon problems are very common, and often fall under the same categories.



DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful condition which affects the thumbs. Sharp pains will be felt when you move the thumb, and are only made worse when you grab and hold something. The most common cause for the condition is overuse of the wrist and thumb. This is why you’ll see this condition a lot with former tennis players and golfers.

Symptoms of deQuervain’s tenosynovitis include pain at the joint of the thumb, along with some swelling.

About deQuervain’s Syndrome

Extensor Tendon


Extensor tendons are found in the hands and feet. They are responsible for the movement of the fingers, toes, ankles and wrists. When they get inflamed, it can cause pressure on the surrounding tissues and make it nearly impossible to bend the fingers and toes.

The most common cause of extensor tendonitis is rapid use of the tendons in a short period of time. Athletes and especially musicians are prone to this condition.

The best way to treat an extensor tendon injury is to rest. Taking time off of the contributing factor can go a long way in allowing the tendons to heal. However, if that’s impossible, medication and therapies are available as well.

Flexor Tendon


Flexor tendons are found in the fingers and allow them to bend and pivot at the knuckles.

Exterior injuries to the tendons can include sprains and strains, but more severe injuries as well. These injuries are commonly caused by accidents or as a result of playing contact sports.

Interior injuries, such as tendonitis, occur over time and are mostly due to overuse. Athletes and musicians are susceptible to these types of injuries, as are professional gardeners and builders.

When flexor tendons are injured, they swell up and make it difficult to open and close the fingers. If a more serious injury happens, like a tendon being severed, surgery may be needed.



When the tendons of the fingers become inflamed, they can sometimes cause the fingers or thumb to be stuck in a bent position. This condition is called “trigger finger” (or trigger thumb), and it can be extremely annoying and painful. A swollen tendon develops scar tissue, which prevents it from moving in its normal fashion. Sometimes the tendon will pop out of position and leave the finger bent.

About Trigger Finger

Tendon problems often have the same basic symptoms and causes, but the pain they create is anything but basic. If you’ve noticed any tightening or swelling in your tendons, call one of the Arora Hand Surgery offices in Macomb, Oakland, or Livingston county for your tendon diagnosis.

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Dr. Aroras office from my first call to schedule my appointment was friendly. Walking in the first day, I felt like I was in a nice atmosphere. Dr. Arora was EXCELLENT in taking great care of my hand injury. He was gentle and very understanding to the concerns I had about my hand. His expertise was admirable and I would recommend anyone with an injury to their hand to his office to be under his care. Because of him, I have healed faster than expected and will make an 100% recovery! Thank you Dr.

Jackie S.

I first thought I was going to have to have painful injections or surgery, but Dr. Arora suggested physical therapy may do the trick. I was doubtful, but I agreed to do it. Now, my pain is gone, and with the help of an ergonomic keyboard at work to keep my hands in the correct position, I am virtually pain free. The therapy strengthened my wrists and shoulders, and built more flexibility into my wrists.

Jerry T.

My experience with this doctor was positive from the outset. Dr. Arora was kind and spent a great deal of time with me. Staff was friendly. The office was nice and bright.

Ariel G.

Very friendly and helpful Great staff!!! Doctor Arora was very professional and did great work. I was very happy with everything!

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