Is there less chance of re-rupturing your Achilles if you have surgery vs. conservative treatment?

Often when you rupture your Achilles surgical repair is performed but you can sometimes go the non surgical route but what is the long term outcomes of each approach? How likely are you to re-rupture your Achilles after surgery and how likely are you to re-rupture your Achilles with conservative treatment?

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  • Ochen, Yassine, Reinier B. Beks, Mark van Heijl, Falco Hietbrink, Luke PH Leenen, Detlef van der Velde, Marilyn Heng, Olivier van der Meijden, Rolf HH Groenwold, and R. Marijn Houwert. “Operative treatment versus nonoperative treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures: systematic review and meta-analysis.” bmj 364 (2019).

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Online Physiotherapy

Put simply this is Physio done via either telephone or video over the internet. Skype and facetime are examples of this.

Contrary to popular belief online physiotherapy can be very effective and it can help the same injuries that face to face physio can help. I have helped many people with injuries such as disc prolapses, tennis elbow, neck pain and much more).