Rugby Player, Todd Carney May Be Out of Play for Up to Five Months With Tendon Tear
Rugby fans are likely upset about recent rumors that Cronulla Shark’s player, Todd Carney, will be out of the game for quite a while. Due to a recent injury, the Australian rugby player could be on the sidelines for a lengthy recovery period that may last five months. Carney has been struggling with an injury to his Achilles tendon and it came to a head during the Sharks versus the Canberra Raiders game on September 9, when Carney had been to be carried off the field midway through the second half of the game with terrible pain in his ankle. The initial diagnosis was a ruptured Achilles tendon. Carney has since had surgery on the tendon and is expected to return by the start of the 2013 season.
An Achilles tendon rupture is a partial or full tear in the tendon that occurs when it stretched beyond its capacity. If your Achilles tendon is ruptured, you may have difficulty walking and have swelling on the back of your leg between your calf and your heel. You also may have stabbing, sudden pain in the back of your calf or ankle, which often subsides into a dull ache, or you may have a popping or snapping sensation.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you should seek treatment as soon as possible. Your injury needs to be treated right away to avoid causing further damage. Until you can see a doctor, follow the R.I.C.E. method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
For some patients who are less active and have a minor rupture, non-surgical options are possible, such as the use of a cast, a walking boot or a brace. These options are meant to restrict motion long enough for the tendon to heal. However, the non-surgical options are associated with a higher risk of re-rupture.
Re-rupturing is less likely if you have surgery to repair the tendon. Also, surgery often does more that. Sometimes it actually improves muscle function and movement of the ankle, as well as increasing the patient’s push-off strength.
There are various surgery techniques used to repair the tendon and the one used will be based on you and your needs. Of course, as with any surgery, there are possible complications, including re-rupture, nerve pain after surgery, or incision healing problems. Whichever option is used for your injury, you will most likely have physical therapy as well.
If you would like more information on Achilles tendon ruptures, call our office at 615-220-8788 or request an appointment online.
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