Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
If the finger is not broken or cut, or if only a small fracture is present, the doctor
will apply a splint to the end of the finger so it remains
in the extended position. With a splint, the outermost joint on the injured finger is not bendable, but the rest of
the finger is bendable. This splint needs to be worn for at least 6 weeks, perhaps longer, to ensure that the tendon is given the best chance of healing.
The doctor will repair any cuts or damage to the skin. And, if necessary, the tendon may be stitched (sutured) to repair it.