Torn tendons need at least three weeks to heal

PETALING JAYA - It will usually take at least three to four weeks for a person to heal from a torn tendon, experts said.

Society of Sports and Exercise Medicine Malaysia president Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Mydin Mohd Musa said generally, even a minor tendon may require at least three to four weeks of rest, immobilisation and treatment.

"The time of recovery needed for a torn tendon in the ankle depends on the tendon that is injured and the severity of the injury," said Dr Mydin, a sports physician.

"If other tendons in the foot or ankle are partially torn, a person will probably require about three to four weeks to recover," he added.

Dr Mydin said that if it was the Achilles tendon (the largest tendon in the ankle and body) that is injured, a partial tear would require about six weeks to heal.

He said a completely torn Achilles tendon would require surgery and at least two months of immobilisation.

Retired sports physician Dr Ronnie Yeo, who was previously in the National Sports Council and National Sports Institute, said it was more difficult to treat ruptured tendons (tendons that are completely torn) because an operation would be needed.

He said that it may take at least 12 to 16 weeks before a person who has a ruptured tendon in the ankle can resume his or her sporting activities because the joint needs to be strengthened.

"Recurrence is possible because the injured and repaired area will be a weak spot, but it can be minimised if rehabilitation is properly done," he said.

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