Ruptured Tendon (cont.)
Ruptured Tendon 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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/5/2014
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