Tendon Injury Discussion
Tendon injuries are a difficult, serious and frustrating problem.
Conservative treatment has little, if any chance of restoring active motion
in the affected area. Even after surgical repair, full motion is usually
not achieved. Permanent loss of motion, joint contractures, weakness and
stiffness may be unavoidable despite optimum care. Scar tissue glues
together the moving surfaces, resulting in adhesions which limit motion.
The surgical repair may also rip apart or stretch out. Repeat surgery may
be required to release scar tissue, place tendon grafts or other
reconstructive procedures. Postoperative splinting and therapy are used.
Good cooperation with the postoperative therapy and immobilization
prescribed is essential to obtaining the best possible result.
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