How to treat torn tendons

Written by kenneth coppens
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Tendons are the fibrous tissue that connect muscles to bones. A torn tendon can limit mobility and cause intense pain. Most injuries are a result of strenuous exercise or over stretching the tendon. Treating torn tendons correctly is crucial to the healing process.

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Things you need

  • Ice
  • Medication
  • Brace

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  1. 1

    Take an anti-inflammatory medicine such as ibuprofen to help ease the pain and reduce swelling. Take one pill every six hours until the tendon has healed.

  2. 2

    Put a brace or elastic bandage on the injured tendon to reduce the amount of stress placed on it. The less stress that the tendon endures, the faster it will heal.

  3. 3

    Apply an ice pack to the injured tendon for 15 to 20 minutes, at least once every two hours. Ice will help reduce the amount of swelling. Place a towel between the ice pack and your skin so the cold will not be too harsh.

  4. 4

    Stretch the injured tendon very gently for five minutes every hour. This will help the tendon return to it's normal flexibility.

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