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    Prevention

    To prevent future tears, avoid the cause of the ruptured tendon or treat the problem that led to the tear.

    Outlook

    The prognosis for both surgery and nonsurgical treatment varies with the location and severity of the rupture.

    Surgical repair, in concert with additional physical therapy, can result in return to normal strength. Nonoperative repair has also shown promise in tendon ruptures.

    Nonoperative treatment is most effective in partial tendon ruptures. The drawback of nonoperative treatment is that strength is not as reliably returned to baseline with this type of treatment. The benefits include a decreased risk of infection and generally shorter recovery time.

    Synonyms and Keywords

    patellar tendon rupture, Achilles tendon rupture, rotator cuff rupture, biceps tendon rupture, ruptured tendon
     

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