Originally Posted by Chocolate Lab
That's just awesome, Jobberone. I love these posts.
They've really come a long, long way on these and really all serious injuries lately, haven't they? Achilles tears used to be career ending most of the time, but they seem much more routine now. I was surprised to read that Bickerstaff was coming along just fine from his achilles tear last offseason and should be fine for camp, or even the offseason program. And of course Vinny tore his in 1998 but came back okay.
Am I correct in assuming that the rehab process and not the actual surgical procedure used is the reason for the greater success rate (and shorter recovery time) on these injuries these days?
It's a combination of the rehab program which starts as soon as they hit the floor post op, newer surgical techniques and especially newer suture materials or what I call playtoys like suture guns and the like.
The use of tendon grafts, cadaver material and new suture materials which also make anchors, screws and the like have helped a lot.
But mobilization and rehab have the most to do with a return to normal function. In fact they have to be careful with everyone about making the injured limb stronger than the other esp in athletes. So they are very careful to symmetrically strenghten limbs.
Glad you guys enjoyed. I thought it might be boring and techical.
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