A tendon is a special structure consisting of collagen fibers that attaches muscles to the bones. Tendons transmit muscle force to the skeleton and play an important role in providing movement. Due to their collagen composition, these structures are very strong and have little stretch. Sometimes there is a danger of damage to the tendons of the limbs. Such trauma, if ignored, has a number of dangerous consequences. Can a tendon heal and how to treat ruptures? Experts of Ladisten Clinic answer these questions.
Tendon injuries include sprains or ruptures. Sprains occur as a result of excessive effort, for example, when practicing sports or doing physical work. Pathological sprains are also distinguished. They arise as a result of arthrosis or arthritis, when the tendon loses its strength. Sprain of more than half the thickness of a tendon is called a rupture.
From the point of view of orthopedics, ruptures are the most dangerous. They may be:
Also such types are distinguished:
Depending on the localization, there are:
and other injuries.
Injuries of the limb tendons are primarily diagnosed by collecting medical history. The main symptoms are:
To confirm the diagnosis, doctors prescribe to do:
The consequences of a ruptured tendon can be extremely unpleasant:
Therefore, injuries of the limb tendons should be treated as soon as the injury is found.
A partial tendon rupture can be treated conservatively with a plaster cast. Unfortunately, this method is not always effective. A scar is formed in the area where the tissues have grown back.
Injuries of the limb tendons are treated at Ladisten using modern microsurgical technologies. Surgery is the only way out if the tendon has ruptured completely. It will not grow together on its own. Often, the nerves and blood vessels that adjoin it are also affected. Traumatic surgeons suture all structures under anesthesia and fix the limb with plaster casts until they are grown back completely. In some situations, tendon repair or lengthening is required.
The time needed for the tendons to grow together after surgery depends on the severity of damage and the prescription of injury. On average, full recovery can take 1.5 to 4 months.
Rehabilitation of tendon ruptures in fingers, toes or shoulder includes additional manipulations. These are exercise therapy, massages and physiotherapy. Ladisten offers a full range of procedures which are carried out using modern equipment and under the supervision of qualified doctors.
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