In most cases, you can treat a ruptured tendon at home. To get the best results, start these steps right away:
- Rest the painful area, and avoid any activity that makes the pain worse.
- Apply ice or cold packs for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, as often as 2 times an hour, for the first 72 hours. Keep using ice as long as it helps.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen or naproxen) if you need them. Be sure to follow the non-prescription medicine precautions. Always take these medicines exactly as prescribed or according to the label.
- Do gentle range-of-motion exercises and stretching to prevent stiffness.
Meanwhile, here are some simple and effective stretches you can do to help with your tendon tear:
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