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Rehabilitation (rehab) and/or physical therapy are the usual
treatment for an Achilles tendon injury. For
Achilles tendinopathy, physical therapy can decrease
your pain. It can allow you to gradually return to your normal activities. For an
Achilles tendon rupture, you can try a rehab program after surgery to repair the
rupture. Rehab can strengthen the tendon and help the tendon heal. A rehab program
typically includes physical therapy.
Physical therapy is the treatment of a disease or condition by physical or
mechanical means, such as through exercise or heat. A physical therapist provides these treatments. He or she will also provide
education, instruction, and support for recovery.
For an Achilles
tendon injury, the following treatments are often used.
Rehabilitation for an Achilles tendon
rupture helps you regain strength and flexibility in the tendon and leg. You
can do it at home or in a gym. Your doctor or physical therapist will design a
program for you. He or she will consider your normal level of activity, your physical
fitness, and the extent of injury to the Achilles tendon. You will likely need
rehab after an Achilles tendon injury whether or not you have
Your rehab program may include:
Recovery varies among people. It depends on how severe the
tendon injury is and whether you complete your program. Giving time and
energy to your rehab program will speed your recovery and help prevent
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Current as ofMay 23, 2016
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
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