Tendon healing, edema, and resistance to flexor tendon gliding: clinical implications.

Early flexor tendon healing is characterized by peak cellular apoptosis of both inflammatory and tendon cells in the first week, followed by progressively greater tenocyte proliferation in the second and third weeks. Tenocyte apoptosis is a predominant event, but proliferation of tenocytes is minimal in the middle and late healing periods. Edematous… (More)