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I have chronic tendonosis of plantaris tendon in left leg. It is still thick & tight after a year of stretching, rest, and physio. Do I need surgery?
Maybe.: Could be something else, such as DVT. Have your doctor or orthopedic specialist take a look at you. ...Read more
Decreased motion: If a tendon is shortened it can become thickened and harder. The result is that there is decreased range of motion. For example if the Achilles tendon is shortened then full dorsiflexion of the foot (moving the toes up toward the head) may not be possible. Physical therappy may be very helpful in working with restoring tendon function. ...Read more
Repetitive extension: Multiple causes can lead to extensor carpi ulnaris tendon pathology. The mechanism to "tear" would be loading the tendon by extension and radial deviation repetitively or a significant lift resisting this motion. Secondly inflammatory processes like rheumatoid arthritis and gout can weaken the tendon prior to tear. Finally an old fracture or RA with prominent ulna can compromise the ecu tendon. ...Read more
Depends on a lot: This depends greatly on which tendon, degree of tear, and functional goals of the patient. At best, some tears can be managed with pain control and rest, similar to a muscle strain; complete tears or tears in muscles bearing high loads may require surgery. Often physical therapy will be a component of the plan, as will antiinflammatories and rest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Tendons tear from trauma and if the injury was directed at the forearm, it could happen there. You should ice the injured area and seek the attention of an orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. ...Read more