Journal of Hand and Microsurgery

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 25–29

The Flexor Tendon Pulley System and Rock Climbing

Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12593-012-0061-3

Cite this article as:
Crowley, T.P. J Hand Microsurg (2012) 4: 25. doi:10.1007/s12593-012-0061-3


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 pulleysPulley injuryRock climbing

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© Society of the Hand & Microsurgeons of India 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plastic SurgeryRoyal Victoria InfirmaryNewcastle-upon-TyneUK