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Mr Paul Jarrett MB ChB FRCSed (Orth) FRACS FA OrthA

St John of God Murdoch

Direct Line 1300 527 738 Fax 1300 527 329 Email

Ligament injuries in the hand

There are some ligaments within the hand which can be injured.  Sometimes the injury may be a mild sprain, and no treatment may be necessary, although mild injuries can take months to recover maximally.  If the ligament has been torn significantly, then often a splint from our hand therapists will be required for six weeks.  If the ligament is torn or avulsed from its insertion and there is a gap present between the ends of the tendon, or the tendon and its insertion, surgery may be required to repair or reconstruct the ligament, followed by a period of six weeks in a splint and rehabilitation with our hand therapists.

At times clinical examination by your doctor or Mr Jarrett will be enough to establish a diagnosis.  On other occasions x-rays, ultrasound or MRI scanning may be required to make the diagnosis sufficiently clear, and to predict the outcome of treatment.