You are currently viewing Finger Pulley Injury Rehabilitation

Finger Pulley Injury Rehabilitation

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.

Finger Pulley Infographic


Embed This Infographic in Your Article

Alan Wan

Alan Wan is the owner and principal physiotherapist at Anytime Physio. He completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy with First Class Honours at the University of Queensland and has diverse range of experience treating sports injuries and painful conditions in the private clinic setting. He is currently enrolled as a PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland and RECOVER Injury Research Centre where his research focuses on complex spinal pain. In his clinical work, Alan has a special interest in treating chronic headaches and migraines as well as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). As one of Australia's leading physiotherapists in the field of rock climbing injuries, Alan and his wife, Joy, have a passion for assessing and treating injuries resulting from climbing. This includes finger pulley injuries, wrist pain, shoulder pain and knee pain. As a clinical leader at Anytime Physio, Alan is heavily involved in the teaching, training and mentoring of physiotherapists and podiatrists at the clinic. He enjoys sharing his clinical experience with other clinicians.

Leave a Reply