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Acute Achilles tendon rupture
Arthrosc Orthop Sports Med 2017;4:59-65
Published online July 1, 2017;  https://doi.org/10.14517/aosm17008
© 2017 Korean Arthroscopy Society and Korean Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Youngseok Moon, Keun-Young Choi, Jae Hoon Ahn

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Jae Hoon Ahn,
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 06591, Korea.
Tel: +82-2-2258-2837, Fax: +82-2-535-9834, E-mail: jahn@catholic.ac.kr
Received May 19, 2017; Revised June 13, 2017; Accepted June 24, 2017.
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Abstract
The incidence of Achilles tendon ruptures has risen with the increase in the level of sports activity of the average individual. An Achilles tendon rupture is generally diagnosed on the basis of clinical findings, sometimes in conjunction with ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging tests. The treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures is broadly divided into surgical treatment and conservative treatment, and the gold standard treatment remains a controversial issue. The surgical treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures has been reported to be associated with a lower re-tear rate and thus has been the conventional choice of treatment, in particular the direct repair for its ability to restore muscle strength. But recently percutaneous repairs and minimally invasive methods have become more widespread. And the previously undervalued functional rehabilitation such as early weight-bearing and postoperative joint exercises has gained greater importance for their capacity to restore tendon function.
Keywords : Achilles tendon rupture; Conservative treatment; Direct repair; Functional rehabilitation
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