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Kevin Willits, Annunziato Amendola, Dianne Bryant, Nicholas G Mohtadi, J Robert Giffin, Peter Fowler, Crystal O Kean, Alexandra Kirkley
BACKGROUND: To date, studies directly comparing the rerupture rate in patients with an Achilles tendon rupture who are treated with surgical repair with the rate in patients treated nonoperatively have been inconclusive but the pooled relative risk of rerupture favored surgical repair. In all but one study, the limb was immobilized for six to eight weeks. Published studies of animals and humans have shown a benefit of early functional stimulus to healing tendons. The purpose of the present study was to compare the outcomes of patients with an acute Achilles tendon rupture treated with operative repair and accelerated functional rehabilitation with the outcomes of similar patients treated with accelerated functional rehabilitation alone...
December 1, 2010: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
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