How to repair torn tendons in the wrist

Updated November 21, 2016

Injuries sustained to your wrist can result in serious sprains, or worse, a torn tendon. Your tendons are fibrous tissues that connect your muscles to your bones. When you flex your muscles, your tendons contract tightly. When you tear your tendon, your fingers will be unable to bend. If you sustain an injury that results in your fingers being unable to bend, have pain along the sides of your hand, have a cut, or pain when you bend you hand, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. A torn tendon will result in necessary surgery to repair the damage.

Place an ice pack or a frozen bag of peas on the injured area. Be sure to wrap the ice pack or peas in a cloth or towel before you apply to prevent your blood vessels from losing circulation as a result of direct contact from the ice.

Compress the site to stop any bleeding if you have a cut on the injured area. Once you have iced and stopped signs of bleeding, immediately go to a hospital. Get an X-ray by your physician to determine the severity of your injury.

Have your physician clean and treat the injured area if you sustained a wound. If your physician recommends placing your wrist and hand in a splint prior to surgery, allow your physician to do this in order to immobilise your wrist and hand movements.

Undergo surgery to repair your torn tendon as soon as possible. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, surgery of a torn tendon is necessary to reconnect your tendon to your muscle or bone.

Do not do any strenuous activity after you've had surgery. Healing of a torn wrist tendon can take two full months. Don't use full force of your wrist for up to three months.

Do not play any contact sports. Playing heavy contact sports, such as football, can result in a new injury to your wrist.

Wear a splint after your surgery. Even wear your splint at night to prevent any unusual movement of your wrist, which can exacerbate your injury.

See a physical therapist, which will help strengthen your injured tendon and wrist. Have your physician refer you to a specialist to help you regain movements of your fingers to prevent your fingers from becoming stiff after you've healed.


Ice your injury before going to an emergency room. If you sustained a wound that caused your injury, stop the bleeding.


Don't do any activities that can result in a new injury of your torn tendon.

Things You'll Need

  • First aid
  • Examination by a physician
  • X-ray
  • Surgery
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