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Dr. Jack Hinkle
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Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


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I cut my thumb open a couple weeks ago and had surgery to fix a tendon. How would i know if it ruptured?

I cut my thumb open a couple weeks ago and had surgery to fix a tendon. How would i know if it ruptured?

Function: Whichever movement was facilitated by the presence of that tendon would be lost and you would no longer have that movement. It would also be likely to be very painful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a tendon rupture?

What are the symptoms of a tendon rupture?

Loss of motion: The tendon connects a muscle to the bone. If a tendon ruptures, the muscle will no longer move the joint. ...Read more

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I think I may have tendon rupture. What would that mean?

I think I may have tendon rupture. What would that mean?

Seek treatment: Tendons allow your muscles to move bones and joints. If a tendon ruptures, it may require surgery. Seek attention immediately if you believe you may have a tendon rupture. A delay in treatment may make it more difficult or impossible to treat, especially if surgery may be required. ...Read more

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Can you educate me about tendon rupture?

Direct trauma: Tendon injuries are very catastrophic. Usually occurs when the foot is in a fixed plantargrade position and the tibia (shinbone) externally rotates rapidly, and the foot does not release from its flexed state. Injuries for tendon ruptures also take the longest to resolve, which can be from 8-20 weeks, depending on the amount and time of damage to the tendon. ...Read more

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What are the tests for tendon rupture?

See below: It starts with a physical examination. Then to evaluate further, you might have an ultrasound or an mri. ...Read more

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How long does tendon rupture need to recover?

How long does tendon rupture need to recover?

Which tendon?: After surgery (in the hand), a tendon needs to be protected for about 8 weeks. The complete healing with remodeling of the scar tissue will take longer. Final outcome betwen 6 and 8 months. ...Read more

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How likely is it for someone to have a tendon rupture?

Not very likely: Tendon ruptures do happen, but are rather rare. Treatment depends on which tendon was ruptured and where it was ruptured. If you are concerned about a tendon rupture, i would recommend evaluation by a health care professional. ...Read more

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Which drugs can increase risks of a tendon rupture?

Which drugs can increase risks of a tendon rupture?

Certain antibiotics: Several can, perhaps the best known are a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. Common types are Ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin. ...Read more

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Can you heal a ruptured tendon months later?

Can you heal a ruptured tendon months later?

Sure You Can: The tendon injury will heal on its own or with the help of your doctor. Consider seeing a specialist that may provide regenerative medicine procedures that can help heal these injuries faster. Check out Regenexx.Com ...Read more

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