Dallas Cowboys' Barry Church Ruptures Achilles Tendon
Barry Church, a safety for the Dallas Cowboys, has ruptured his Achilles tendon and will likely be out of the rest of the season. The injury, which occurred in the third quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will require surgery. This is not only disappointing for Church, who will miss out on the rest of his season, but for the Dallas Cowboys as well. Their other starting safety, Gerald Sensabaugh, was already out due to injury, so this was quite a blow to their defense.
Since Church is having surgery on his ruptured tendon, which decreases the likelihood of re-rupture, hopefully he will not suffer this problem again. However, it is important to allow plenty of time for the healing process, which is why Church will have to wait quite a while to return to the field. There are non-surgical options for treating ruptured Achilles tendons, but the rate of re-rupture is higher with non-surgical treatments. Usually non-surgical treatments are used for those who only suffer minor ruptures or for those who are not very active. Since Church is a professional athlete, surgery is probably the best option.
Besides, there are potential benefits to having the surgery. Aside from the reduced risk of re-rupture, the surgery often times improves movement of the ankle and muscle function. The surgery can also increase the patient’s push-off strength. There are various surgical techniques available to repair a ruptured tendon and the technique chosen will be based on the patient to best fit their needs.
As with every medical procedure, there are possible complications with the surgery. Some of those complications could be nerve pain, which arises after the surgery, difficulty in healing incisions, or even re-rupture of the tendon. Surgery lessens the likelihood of re-rupture but does not make it impossible. After surgery, the patient’s foot and ankle are immobilized in a walking boot or a cast to protect the tendon. It is important to follow the doctor’s directions as far as the healing process and post-surgery care so that patient heals properly and does not re-injure the tendon. Physical therapy will most likely be needed to help strengthen the muscles and improve the range of foot and ankle motion.
If you are having Achilles tendon pain and need more information or if would like to set up an appointment, call our office at 615-220-8788 or request an appointment online.
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