Injury to the Achilles tendon is not normally connected with a specific injury. Instead, it can be caused by a variety of factors. Some of the main causes of the condition include tendon overuse or repetitive motions, uphill running, and intense exercises or athletic training.
Dr. Michael L. Gross, of New Jersey-based Active Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, says that the most recognizable signs of Achilles tendon injuries include pain, especially following exercise, tenderness, thickening of the tendon, swelling, and irritation of the tendon. When the tendon tears or ruptures, a patient may also hear a "pop" noise. Dr. Gross adds that most people experience a very limited range of motion with this injury.
Dr. Gross diagnoses this condition, following a comprehensive examination, which will likely include imaging tests, including an MRI and x-ray exams. Most cases of Achilles tendon injuries can be treated without surgery, according to Dr. Gross. Some common nonsurgical treatments include anti-inflammatory medication, placing ice packs on the afflicted area of the Achilles tendon, strengthening exercises, and physical therapy. Dr. Gross says that nonsurgical treatments will help provide pain relief, and restore strength to the tendon. Dr. Gross adds, however, that it may take up to 6 months to recover from an Achilles tendon injury.
Dr. Gross explains that surgery is only considered if pain persists for more than 6 months, despite nonsurgical treatment. The type of surgery performed for an Achilles tendon injury will depend on the precise location of the tendinitis, the severity of the condition, and the size of the damaged area. There are several methods of surgery for Achilles tendon injury, including removing the damaged portion of the tendon to restore function to the tendon.
Dr. Gross says that most patients will experience a successful outcome following surgery. Recovery time, he notes, will depend on the individual patient. Physical therapy is almost always required following surgery.
Dr. Gross provides a full-range of orthopedic services and treatments, including sports medicine. Dr. Gross practices at Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in New Jersey. Interested patients are encouraged to contact 201.358.0707, orhttp://activeorthopedic.com/.
About Dr. Gross
Dr. Michael L. gross is a highly-respected orthopedic surgeon practicing in New Jersey. Board certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Gross also holds a subspecialty certificate in Sports Medicine.
Dr. Gross received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1983, followed by an internship in generally surgery and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Completing advanced fellowship training in Sports Medicine at UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Gross served on the medical staff of the UCLA Bruins.
Practicing at Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, which has location in Westwood and Hackensack, New Jersey, Dr. Gross, can be reached at 201.358.0707 or by visitinghttp://www.activeorthopedic.com.