How To Treat a Finger Pulley Tear or Rupture
Finger Pulley Tear treatment is vital to ensure the full recovery. These injuries can be devastating for rock climbers. Around 40% of all reported rock climbing injuries occur at the A2 and A4 pulleys of the flexor tendons. The mechanism of injury is predictable and involves:
- Closed crimp hand position
- Repetitive motion
- Excessive force
- Acute loading
What is a Finger Pulley Injury?
The finger pulleys are the connective tissue encasing the tendons in the fingers. These keep the tendons close to the bone when the finger is bending. As a result, an injury to the finger pulley is serious. It is usually caused by lack of warm up or improper climbing technique. It can happen during a desperate dynamic move to a small crimp. The use of a full crimp increases the risk of injury because of the added strain to the tendons. A sign of an injury to the finger pulley would be a loud “pop” followed by significant swelling and pain, with the pain getting worse when opening the fingers.
Regardless of whether you have sustained a grade I or a grade IV finger pulley injury, we have you covered. Our physios Alan and Joy are both passionate climbers. They understand the importance of a full recovery. Below is an overview of the recovery and rehabilitation following a finger pulley injury.