Do tendon tears heal?

So, you slipped on a banana peel and did the splits. Or, perhaps your CrossFit workout got too intense, and now you have shooting pain in your wrist. Either way, it’s possible that you’ve incurred a tendon tear.

Now, before we get started with this article – I want to make sure there are no tensions between us…get it? ‘Tendons’? Okay okay, let’s move on.

The important question is: do tendon tears heal? The answer isn’t as straightforward as one might hope for – but don’t worry, we’ll cover all aspects of this topic in painstaking detail.

What are tendons?

Before going into whether or not tendons heal themselves (like a magical regenerating creature), let’s first define what tendons are exactly.

Tendons are thick cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones in the human body. They’re responsible for transmitting force from the muscle to the bone so movement can occur (it takes team work to make dreams work!). When our bodies move rapidly or engage in strenuous activity – like sports or weightlifting- these gold threads really take a beating.

Types of Tendon Tears

Not all tears come from bananas folks! There are actually two broad categories when it comes to tendon tears:

Acute Trauma

Acute trauma happens when there’s an immediate injury experienced by some sort of event- such as falling off bike doing daredevil stunts/ parkour gone wrong/sharp scissors accident/stepped into pothole/bowling ball strikes foot- You get the gist!

Overuse Syndrome

Overuse syndrome occurs when repetitive motions/minor micro-traumas put strain on tendons causing tiny-tears over time without proper rest & recovery periods leading up-to full-blown tendinitis conditions.
Whichever type of tear has occurred, the question now remains: can tendons actually heal themselves?

Can Tendons Heal Themselves?

Tendon healing is not a seamless process that solely depends on one’s wishes or desire. When you have an injury, there are some factors to keep in mind:

Severity of Injury

The severity of the tear determines whether it will heal itself or if medical intervention (surgery) required for full recovery.


Age matters too! Younger people generally possess greater flexibility and recuperative ability than older adults so age is a huge factor when considering tendon health.


The location of where this happened is also important – different body areas have varying blood supply tissue type nourishing them = impacting overall healing

Medical Interventions (like what we do here)

Seeing medical professionals such orthopedic/sports doctors often results in better prognosis & management options compared to home-medicating/denying damage has occurred.

Ultimately, though tendons won’t repair like new nerves or undamaged muscle might, they can still recover somewhat through Collagen Synthesis by means of three stages…

The Three Stages Of Tendon Healing

If treated efficiently/quickly/timely manner and with top-notch care certain tears/dislocation would resolve via these stages:

  1. Inflammatory Stage – proximate hour after being injured leading up-to 5 previous days max
  2. Repair Phase– begins at around day six post-Injury initially spanning weeks sustained undertaking
  3. Remodeling Phase – following from week two until twelve month post-injury/eventual peak strength level points achieved anytime between three months-two years onwards but dependent upon care + response rates

These phases rely on physiological processes such as inflammation for proper functioning alongside fibroblasts (cells found connective tissues structuring maintenance), neutrophils (shortened lifespan white blood cells fighting bacteria/ unwelcome visitors), angiogenesis (generation new blood vessels) as well as many other intricate mechanisms in play to ensure not just recovery, but optimal healing.

Factors That Hinder Healing

Now that we’ve discussed the processes of tendons natural healing pattern; let’s also consider factors which would create a detrimental impact for recovery. There are several things that can slow down your healing process such as:

Poor Nutrition

Your body needs proper minerals/vitamins/carbohydrates/protein/fats to repair damaged cell/tissues/organs so good diet vital.


Smoking greatly impedes/blocks/slows flow of oxygen & nutrient rich blood resulting into tissue injury negatively affecting connective tissues and their recovery rate

Rest/Activity Imbalance

Too much activity won’t give the necessary resting time required recover fully: over-time it materializes into chronic degeneration or complete rupture

Psychological Well-Being

While this may seem like “soft-science”, generally, Positive/upbeat mental outlook positively reinforces physical traits considered positives states enhancing rehabilitation in various settings.

Treatments for Tendon Tears

If you have endured tendon tears often best go see medical professional so they will perform tests ultmately providing various types of interventions classified below;

Methods Of Treatment:
1. Conservative Management
– Resting it/ Keeping-off affected area & using assistive measures( crutches or braces et cetera)
– RICE Therapy(Rest-Ice Compression-Elevation)
2. Physiotherapy
– Stretching + strengthening targeted areas day-by-day boost range motion abilities Also heal micro-tears via manual therapy techniques,

Physiotheraphy Chart

  1. Corticosteroid Injections

    • targeted anti-inflammatory drugs
  2. Surgery

    • An orthopedist/sports medicine doctor could repair tendon with surgical options such as reattaching tendons or tying them together with sutures

Recovery Time for Tendon Tears

The amount of time it takes to recover from a tendon tear can vary significantly depending on several factors like age, severity and location.

For mild tears (or grade 1) recovery usually within weeks while more severe injuries involving partial/complete rupture may take months (sometimes even years) before physical normalization obtained.

Generally noted full rehabilitation requires twice long the length treatment period especially in light-vigorous forms sports/hardcore weightlifting around six-to-twelve month range still present although varies depending upon individual patient response rates.

Can You Prevent Tendon Injuries?

While avoiding sudden accidents may be hard – there are some things you can do to decrease your chances of experiencing a tendon injury:
– always warm up prior undertaking activity that’s high impact,
– strengthen muscles/tendons progressively building-up over-time
– Regular stretching post-workout keeps those tissues supple

Overall Awareness Importance Vital: Incorporating taking proper precautions when exercising & practicing self-care regularly will keep injuries at bay. Eating clean, sleeping well & maintaining optimal mental health all contribute towards healthy tissue growth which then resists breakdown via strains /overload overtime.

Now I think we’ve exhausted this topic enough! Regardless if you’re an athlete or someone who decided to go tree-climbing one day(congrats!) We hope this article helped clarify what happens to tendons when they’re injured-and how they heal! So next time head first action isn’t worth it – remember that Goldilocks was onto something; stay attuned-perfect balance is key!

Keep active, Health Flourishes

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