Treatment of Tendon Injury
Treatment will vary depending on the individual’s specific injury. At Sideline Orthopedics, we will examine the injured tendon and promptly recommend the treatment that will benefit you most. The first goal in treatment of a tendon injury is controlling the symptoms. Usually, the most debilitating symptom is pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can be used, such as ibuprofen, to relieve the discomfort and reduce inflammation.
Therapeutic rehabilitation goals include decreasing pain and educating the patient in symptom-control techniques such as rest, ice and proper body mechanics. This includes ergonomic training, such as workstation design and adaptive aids and techniques. Splinting is usually indicated to rest the tendon/muscle unit and may be designed specifically for the patient’s lifestyle. The splinting material may be rigid; then progress to semi-rigid, soft support; and then incorporate flexible taping such as kinesiotaping. Modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation can also utilized and incorporated into the rehabilitation program.
Treatment for Achilles Tear
Achilles tendon tears are generally treated surgically in active patients. Surgery can offer a great return in strength, less time immobilized and less time on crutches. Less active patients with significant health issues can be treated non operatively.