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Tendon Rupture

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is a tendon rupture?

A tendon rupture is a partial or complete tear of your tendon. Tendons are tough bands of tissue that attach your muscles to your bones. A tear may be caused by an injury or increased pressure on the tendon that occurs during sports or a fall. Your risk may be higher if you have a weak tendon. Weak tendons may be caused by tendonitis, use of steroids, older age, and chronic conditions such as arthritis.

What are the signs and symptoms of a tendon rupture?

How is a tendon rupture diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and what you were doing at the time of your injury. Tell your provider about any medical conditions you have and medicines you take. Your provider will examine your tendon and check how well you can move the area in different directions. You may also need any of the following:

How is a tendon rupture treated?

Treatment depends on which tendon you ruptured and how severe the rupture is. You may need any of the following:

How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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