Achilles Tendon Rupture

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Achilles Tendon Rupture

 

INJURY OVERVIEW

Usually occurs when playing racquet sports to people between 30 and 40 years old.

 

INJURY IN-DEPTH INFORMATION

Often it is described as a loud popping sound, or that the patient felt they were ‘hit from behind’.

 

COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

  • Acute pain
  • Significant disability and reduced function

 

HOW IS IT ASSESSED

  • Clinical assessment
  • Palpation of the tendon may show a gap in it
  • Further scanning may be needed if it is not a total rupture so you can find out how big the tear is.

 

 

GENERAL TREATMENT

  • Surgical management is generally considered to be the best way forward for this injury (surgical opinion should always be sought).
  • Immobilisation in plaster (in varying degrees of ankle range) will be needed following the surgery
  • Intense physiotherapy based rehabilitation (strengthening and stretching)

 

 

Exercise Videos: i.e.

  • Rotator cuff strengthening
  • Pec stretch
  • Etc

 

WHICH HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TO CONSULT

PHYSIO     X

MEDIC     X

PODIATRY     X

Put an ‘X’ next to each health professional that most commonly deals with this injury.

i.e. tennis elbow would be Physio and Medic as injections are common, whereas for muscular LBP it would be Physio and not Medic as they would just refer them to a Physio.

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