A Natural Approach To Health
Living With A Torn Tendon
I had a question the other day about a torn tendon.
A tendon is the fibrous tissue attaching muscle to bone in your body.
The forces applied to a tendon may be more than 5 times your body weight.
In some rare instances, tendons can tear or rupture.
Conditions making a rupture more likely include the injection of steroids into a tendon, certain diseases (like gout or hyperparathyroidism), and having type O blood.
Although fairly uncommon, a tendon tear can be a serious problem and may result in excruciating pain and permanent disability if untreated.
Tendon tears can be treated either surgically or medically depending on the severity of the tear.
The 4 most common areas of tendon tears include:
In general, tendon tears occur in middle-aged or older men.
In the young, muscle usually tears before the attached tendon does.
But in older people and in those with certain diseases (like gout and hyperparathyroidism) tendon tears are more common.
To deal with a torn tendon it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily, whether thirsty or not.
*Boswellia and bromelain both reduce inflammation.
*Meadowsweet and willow bark, combined in equal measure and taken 3 times daily, help with inflammation.
*Consider Horsetail herb tea or extract.
*Explore the use of Arnica (homeopathic remedy).
*Go on a 7-day raw-food diet, followed by a 3-day cleansing fast.
*Eat no processed foods or any form of sugar.
*Eat fresh (not canned) pineapple and/or papaya because they contain enzymes that reduce inflammation.
*Eliminate acid-forming food and drinks (coffee, soda pop, dairy, red meat, processed foods, white flour products)
*To relieve pain, use hot castor oil packs. Place castor oil in a pan and heat, but don’t boil it. Dip a piece of cheesecloth or other white cotton material into the oil until the cloth is saturated. Apply the cloth to the affected area and cover it with a piece of plastic that’s larger in size than the cotton cloth. Place a heating pad over the plastic and use it to keep the pack warm. Keep the pack in place for one-half to 2 hours, as needed.
*You may need to abstain from activity and get plenty of rest. When engaging in physical activity, don’t push yourself too hard or too long. If you’re in pain, stop. Try to find activities that don’t exacerbate the pain, like walking.
*If you’re overweight, begin a weight loss program.
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