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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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What are the symptoms of a shortened tendon? Can the tendon become thicker or harder?

What are the symptoms of a shortened tendon? Can the tendon become thicker or harder?

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

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What is a tendon?

What is a tendon?

Tendon: A tendon very simply is the structure that connects muscle to bone allowing the muscle to thereby "do it's thing" i.E move the bone. ...Read more

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What causes an ecu tendon to tear?

What causes an ecu tendon to tear?

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

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How do you treat tear in a tendon. ?

How do you treat tear in a tendon. ?

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 more

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Can you tear a tendon in your foreman?

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

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How do I recover from pulling a tendon?

Six weeks: It takes generally about six weeks. Do ice and stretch to help in recovery. I persist, something else may be going on. Seek medical attention if is not getting better. ...Read more

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