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Achilles Tendinosis

Stopping the Progression to Disability

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The purpose of this article is to differentiate between acute Achilles tendinitis and chronic Achilles tendinosis and to highlight a specific treatment protocol for mid-portion Achilles tendinosis. Tendinosis (degeneration of the tendon) results from chronic tissue injury and has long-term implications for a dancer's career. An eccentric heavy-load exercise protocol has been used successfully to treat tendinosis in athletes. A modified eccentric exercise protocol is proposed as one component of an effective rehabilitation program for dancers. This protocol facilitates tissue remodeling to build strength, flexibility, and adaptability of the Achilles tendon tissue, so that dancers can continue to dance without further complications of the injury.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Virginia Mason Medical Center, Sports Medicine Clinic, 1201 Terry Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98104, USA.

Publication date: 2012-09-01

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