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Can I Recover from a Achilles Tendon Rupture?

06/24/2003

Question:

I am a 48-year-old male with a diagnosed complete Achilles tendon rupture. I am planning the surgical repair in the next few days. Is this a technically complex procedure? What is the likelihood of a full recovery? I snow ski 30 days each winter and enjoy springboard diving.

Answer:

Surgical repair is the treatment of choice for this injury, and the success rate for people returning to normal function, I believe, is somewhere near 75-80%. I think the keys will be to listen to your therapist and surgeon during the rehabilitation process.

It typically takes about six months to return to full activity, so you need to be careful not to push "too much too soon." With the surgical repair and a well-planned rehabilitation program you should have a high likelihood of a full recovery. If you have specific questions regarding the surgical procedure or YOUR individualized rehabilitation program, I would recommend you contact your surgeon and/or therapist. 

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Jamie   Birkelo, MA, ATC Jamie Birkelo, MA, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer, Department of Athletics
Instructor
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University