What is a tendon rupture?

A tendon rupture is likely an injury you don’t know much about until it affects you. You also might know this as a tendon tear; both are injured tissue that has a partial or total tear. It is typically excruciatingly painful and can result in permanent disability if not treated correctly. What is a tendon? It is the fibrous tissue that connects a muscle to a bone and is found at the joints of the body. At Paragon Orthopedic Center, one of the most common tendon ruptures seen is a rotator cuff tear at the shoulder. How do you know if you have a tendon strain or a rupture/tear? The pain from a tear can range from a dull ache to intense, and involves a loss of function. People will sometimes report hearing a popping or snapping sound at the time of the injury with a tear. For strains, these are mildly painful and usually get better using the acronym RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). If you suspect a rupture, use RICE therapies as you seek immediate medical attention. If it appears serious to you, listen to your body and be seen as soon as possible. A medical professional will be able to assess your injury and determine the severity of it. Symptoms and treatment vary depending on which tendons are involved and how severe the rupture is. Here is more information about the different tendon ruptures, but always contact Paragon for specific advice to get you the best and quickest treatment. (541) 472-0603.

Ruptured Tendon: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments (webmd.com)