Tendon injuries can cover a large number of issues from tendonitis to tears.
The tendon is often injured at the place where it attaches to the bone, and has direct pain at this point.
A weakened tendon is more likely to injure. Several things can lead to tendon weakness.
A tendon is connective tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. There are hundreds of muscle to tendon to bone connections throughout the body. Working together, the muscles and tendons help our joints move.
During your first visit, be prepared to explain how you hurt yourself and how it feels since the injury. The more you can explain to your provider, the more they can understand your symptoms and medical history.
At your visit, your provider will perform a physical exam and evaluate all the structures of the area. You will receive an x ray to determine if there are any fractures present. X ray can assist with evaluating the bone structures and assist with determining the cause of the tendon issues.
Many tendon injuries can be diagnosed with a thorough physical examination of the joint, but other tests, such as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan may be ordered. The MRI creates better images of soft tissues like the tendons. These images allow the physician to determine if this injury requires non-surgical or surgical treatment.
Treatment for tendon injury is most often Non-Surgical first. After exhaustive non-surgical treatment, surgery may be needed to correct the problem.
If the tendon has been torn off the attachment, the first step is to surgically attach the tendon to its proper place.
Initially, the standard treatment is the RICE protocol. This stands for:
In addition to the RICE protocol, there are many types of non-surgical treatment options for Patellar tendon injuries and all have their advantages and disadvantages. Your Orthopedic Specialist can review these options and assist you in determining which will be most effective in treating your injury:
If the symptoms persist after exhaustive non-surgical treatment, you may need surgical treatment to correct the tendon injury. There are many possible procedures to correct this issue, the best option is dependent upon the cause to the tendon injury. The Orthopedic Surgeon may clean the tendon area, or they may correct bone abnormalities. All the options will be discussed if non-surgical treatment does not rectify the tendon injury.
The first line of treatment is always rehabilitation. A physical therapy program will guide you in regaining your joint strength and function. This may occur in conjunction with bracing or taping. Your rehabilitation specialist will assist in the decision-making process for the best options.