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TIP OF THE MONTH-
We have been seen more and more Achilles injuries as of late, so we thought it prudent to give our web-fans some quick thoughts.
Runners- 7-9% of you have experienced some form of Achilles pain in the past year.
Adult population (21-60 years) the incidence rate is 2.35 per 1,000. (That translates into about 50 Bryn Mawr residents will have an Achilles injury this year. Population of Bryn Mawr, Garrett Hill & Rosemont being 21,485 (wikipedia statistic).
Healing time- a few weeks to several months, depending on the extent of the injury.
TYPES OF INJURY
Tendinopathy- an irritation of the tendon, and can vary from very minor to major tendon problems. Chronic irritation can lead to scar tissue formation, further hindering function.
Strain- an actual tearing of the tendonous fibers, ranging from a mild Grade I strain to completely ruptured Grade III.
Most often, Achilles tendon pain is the result of repetitive trauma to the tendon. This repetitive strain can result in chronic Achilles tendinopathy, which is a gradual breakdown of the tissue and is most often treated with physical therapy.
WHAT TO DO
Schedule an evaluation with your doctor, or come in and talk to us about an initial evaluation. Treating these problems early will get you back to your activity faster and prevent future problems. A BIG part of PT is not only treating the problem, but doing the detective work to identify the cause of the problem, and addressing that will prevent it from happening again.