Achilles tendon Injury
The patient presenting with Achilles tendinosis will often complain of pain/discomfort on a scale caused by
moderate activities of daily living such as driving and walking up/down stairs to more energetic such as
running and sports participation.
Clinicians rely heavily on medical diagnostic investigations such as ultrasound and MRI to determine the pathology involved and to make decisions regarding the clinical management of the patient suffering from Achilles tendon pain. Recent reports have suggested a poor correlation between the findings on medical imaging and the patient's symptoms. Most sensible sports medicine physicians would agree that medical imaging should only be used as an adjunct to clinical findings. The findings on history and examination provide the key information on which management decisions should be based. Therefore, Synapse recommends that patients seek the advice of an appropriately qualified health professional in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis.
For long-standing cases where degenerative changes within the collagen matrix is the prominent pathology, anti-inflammatory medication will usually provide little or no benefit so are not recommended. The Synapse Tendonworks has been clinically shown to be effective in treating this degenerative pathology. Patients should adhere to the following treatment plan in conjunction with the avoidance of aggravating activities and under direction of their practitioner, a specific strengthening program involving eccentric strengthening of the calf muscle and elongation of the Achilles tendon. This treatment should provide excellent relief of symptoms.