Anyone who has taken fluoroquinolones within the past several years is potentially at risk. You aren't just at risk while you're actively taking the drugs -- tendon injury associated with the use of fluoroquinolones can show up several weeks, months, or even years after you stopped taking the drugs. The longer you took the antibiotics and the higher your dosage, the more likely you are to experience tendon damage.
There are also certain outside factors that increase your chances of tendon damage. For one, if you are over the age of 40, your risk increases because our tendons naturally grow weaker as we age. Another risk factor is using corticosteroids, as they can also contribute to the weakening of tendons. If you've used fluoroquinolones and have a history of taking corticosteroids for something like arthritis or asthma, you are at greater risk of developing a tendon injury.
Being physically active is probably the biggest risk factor. When you're active, you have a much greater chance of injuring a tendon than someone who doesn't lead an active lifestyle. Your risk of tendon damage increases further if you've injured a tendon in the past.
Tendon damage ranges from mild, to moderate, to severe. Tendon injuries are usually described as "Grades" that include Grade 1 (mild strain), Grade 2 (moderate tear), and Grade 3 (full tear).
A Grade 1 tendon injury is a mild strain of the tissue that can cause pain and swelling, but shouldn't affect movement of the joint.
A Grade 2 tendon injury is a partial tear of the tissue, which means the tissue has been torn but is still holding together. Signs and symptoms may include pain, inflammation and reduced range of motion.
A Grade 3 tendon injury is a complete tear, also called a rupture. This means your tissue is in two separate pieces. You will likely experience severe pain, inflammation, possible bruising and reduced range of motion, or inability to bear weight on the joint (depending on the location of the damaged tendon).
Grade 3 tendon tears are very serious and usually require surgery to repair.
It doesn't matter how severe your tendon damage is -- tendon injuries can take weeks or even months to heal, putting your life on hold and even causing permanent damage.
Grade 1 Injury
Grade 2 Tear
Grade 3 Tear
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