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    Ruptured Tendon Treatment

    1. Reduce Swelling and Prevent Injury

    Use RICE method:

    • Rest the injured area and keep weight off it. Feeling pain is usually an indication that you are doing too much too soon.
    • Ice the injured area to ease swelling.
    • Compress injury by gently wrapping with an elastic bandage. Specialized braces from your health care provider can also be used to provide compression.
    • Elevate injured area above the heart level, if possible.

    2. Relieve Pain

    3. See a Doctor

    • The person should call his/her health care provider as soon as possible. An orthopedic specialist might be recommended.

    4. Follow Up

    • The doctor will examine the injured area and may do an X-ray, MRI, or other tests.
    • The person may be given a sling, cast, crutches, brace, or other device.
    • The person may be prescribed medications.
    • The person may be referred for physical therapy or to a specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon.
    • Surgery may be needed.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David Kiefer, MD on January 04, 2014

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