Tendon Injury can be defined as a type of external or internal injury to the tendons. Usual symptoms of this injury range from swelling and inflammation to stiffness in the muscles. This would also cause trouble in moving the particular area of the body like the hands or the legs. Individuals may experience feeling of extreme fatigue and tiredness because of the pain.
HOW IS TENDON INJURY DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose a tendon injury, a doctor will ask questions about your past health and your symptoms and will do a physical examination. If the injury is related to your use of a tool or sports equipment, the doctor may ask you to show how you use it.If the symptoms are severe or do not improve with treatment, the doctor may want one to have a test, such as an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI.
HOW IS TENDON INJURY TREATED?
Initial treatment for a tendon injury (tendinopathy) typically includes rest and pain relievers. Acetaminophen can reduce pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can reduce both the pain and inflammation from a tendon injury. Other treatment may be considered which include:
• Prescribe physical therapy.
• Use a corticosteroid injection to relieve pain and swelling. But corticosteroid treatments usually are not repeated because of the potential for tendon damage.
• Prescribe a brace, splint, sling, or crutches for a brief period to allow tendons to rest and heal.
• Recommend a cast to rest and heal a badly damaged tendon. Casting or surgery is typically used to treat a ruptured tendon.
DID YOU KNOW?
A tendon injury can lead to a serious tear if there is constant pressure applied on the area and thus caution should be exercised.