Review Article

Journal of Hand and Microsurgery

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 25-29

First online:

The Flexor Tendon Pulley System and Rock Climbing

  • Timothy P. CrowleyAffiliated withDepartment of Plastic Surgery, Royal Victoria Infirmary Email author 

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Rock climbing has increased in popularity over the past two decades. Closed traumatic rupture of the finger flexor tendon pulleys is rare among the general population but is seen much more commonly in rock climbers. This article reviews the anatomy and biomechanics of the finger flexor tendon pulleys, how they may be injured in rock climbing and how these injuries are best diagnosed and managed.


Flexor tendon pulleys Pulley injury Rock climbing