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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

  • Give an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).

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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