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Ruptured Tendon (cont.)

Ruptured Tendon Treatment

Self-Care at Home

All ruptured tendons, regardless of site, follow standard RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) home therapy procedure as you seek medical attention.

  • Resting the affected extremity
  • Ice application to the affected area
    • Apply ice in a plastic bag wrapped in a towel or with a reusable cold pack wrapped in a towel.
    • Applying ice directly to skin because may lead to further damage if left on for a prolonged period of time.
  • Compression of the affected area to minimize swelling
    • Apply compression by loosely wrapping the affected area with an ACE bandage.
    • Be sure that the bandage does not cut off blood flow to the area in question.
  • Elevation of the extremity if possible: Try to keep the area above the level of your heart to minimize swelling.
  • It is recommended that the quadriceps rupture should be immobilized in an extended (straight knee) position and that biceps rupture should be immobilized in a sling with the elbow bent at 90 degrees.

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