Achilles tendon disorders

Sundeep S. Saini, Christopher W. Reb, Megan Chapter, Joseph N. Daniel

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Abstract

Disorders of the Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in the human body, are common and occur in both active and sedentary persons. A thorough history and physical examination allow primary care physicians to make an accurate diagnosis and to initiate appropriate management. Mismanaged or neglected injuries markedly decrease a patient’s quality of life. A growing body of related literature is the basis for current therapeutic regimens, which use a multimodal conservative approach, including osteopathic manipulative treatment. Although primary care physicians can manage most cases of Achilles tendon disorders, specialty care may be needed in certain instances. Procedural intervention should consider any comorbid conditions in addition to patients’ lifestyle to help guide decision making. When appropriately managed, Achilles tendon disorders generally carry a favorable prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)670-676
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Osteopathic Association
Volume115
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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