Elbow Tendon Rupture Treatment

Elbow Tendon Rupture Treatment Kansas City, MO

Tendons are made up of strands of a material called collagen. Because these collagen strands in tendons are lined up together, tendons have high tensile strength, meaning they can withstand high forces that pull on both ends of the tendon. Sometimes, with a force too great, these tendons can tear or rupture causing immense pain and typically requiring surgery to repair. There are multiple tendons within the elbow including the bicep tendon and tricep tendon.

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Tendon Tear or Rupture in Elbow Symptoms

Pain being the biggest, most prominent symptom of an elbow tendon tear, there are many more symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • Tenderness around the injury
  • Reduced range of motion around the arm, elbow, forearm, or wrist
  • Stiffness around the elbow
  • Swelling
  • Weakness in the hands or wrists

Tendon Tear or Rupture in Elbow Treatment

Sometimes it is possible to treat an elbow injury non-surgically with a sling to limit mobility along with RICE therapy; rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Physical therapy is also very important to help with stretching and strengthening the muscles around the injury.

The most common treatment for an elbow tendon rupture includes surgery and lots of rest for the joint. It is important to reconnect the tendon right away to help reduce the risks of long-term weakness in the arm. Recovery time after surgery is a lot longer due to the importance of it being done right. First, a sling is worn after surgery for 2 to 4 weeks, then physical therapy to help reduce pain and swelling using stretches and ice, and then 2 to 4 months of strengthening exercises to return the arm and joint to full function.

Elbow Tendon Rupture Doctors

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City arm and elbow specialists.