How to Heal a Torn Tendon


Injuries to one of the many tendons of the body are common and painful occurrences. While tendons most often become inflamed, they also frequently tear in varying degrees. While a complete tendon tear requires surgery to replace or reattach, less major tears can be healed through a fairly straightforward and effective process.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice
  • Compression bandage
  • Brace
  • Anti-Inflammatory medication

Rest the tendon. Actively using the injured tendon will further damage it or completely tear it. Avoid physical activity for the first 48 hours after the injury. Resting the tendon in this time period is essential for it to properly heal.

Ice the tendon. Ice the injured tendon by applying ice wrapped in cloth or a towel to the area for 15 minutes every hour on the first day. On the following days, ice the tendon for 15 minutes every two to three hours. The application of ice will reduce swelling around the tendon and ease pain.

Wrap the injury with an elastic compression bandage. Depending on where the injured tendon is located on the body, a compression bandage or brace is necessary to immobilize the injury. This will prevent further injury and ensure that the tendon is properly positioned to heal.

Elevate the tendon. Be sure to keep the injured tendon above the level of the heart. Keeping the injury elevated will reduce swelling and pain and keep the blood circulating properly.

Take an anti-inflammatory. An anti-inflammatory medication such as aspirin or Ibuprofen will reduce inflammation of the tendon, swelling, and pain. Regularly take once every 6 hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Seek a doctor if the injury remains swollen and painful for more than two days.
  • Do not use these tips in the place of professional medical advice.

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