Tendon Tears

Tendon tears involve the partial or complete rupture of tendons, which are tough, fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones. These tears can occur due to sudden trauma, overuse, or degenerative changes associated with aging, resulting in pain, weakness, and limited mobility.

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Is There Objective Evidence that PRP Helps Tendons Heal? Concentration and Age Matter

This has been an interesting few months in the world of PRP research. We’ve seen a few studies that purport to show that PRP doesn’t work, after dozens of similar studies that showed it was effective. While it turns out that the studies that seemed to show that PRP was ineffective never used actual PRP…read more

Can’t Straighten Knee: Why Knee Extension Lag Matters

On this page: What happens when you can’t extend your knee? What are the possible causes? A patient example What are the treatments? Most of us take for granted that we can fully straighten our knee. However, sometimes patients can’t do this and when that occurs, it’s a very big deal that usually causes other…read more

New Research: Your Achilles Tendon Is an Efficient and Twisted Mess

As a physician, like every other doctor, I was taught that the Achilles was the biggest single tendon in the human body. The first day of medical school I was also told that half of everything they would teach me would eventually be proven wrong. So this past week, researchers added yet another thing that…read more

How to Heal a Torn Tendon Naturally: The Type of Tear Matters

On this page: What is a tendon or ligament made of? What are the types of tendon and tears? A patient story The patient’s MRI above is from clinic yesterday. It’s of an ankle tendon, but it might as well be a shoulder, knee, or hip tendon or ligament. The problem was that this patient…read more

Hand Surgery Side Effects That Can Easily Be Avoided…

If you’ve ever wondered why sometimes I seem to be a bit “anti-surgery,” you would only need to spend a day with me in clinic to find out why. We see surgery train wrecks day in and day out. What makes them so upsetting is that most of the time, the surgery could have been…read more

Flexor Hallucis Longus Tendon Pain: Is Surgery the Answer?

This is a story about Scott, a frustrated runner. One day in 2010 while out for a run, he suddenly heard a snap under his foot. He went from a normal, active life to trying years of different therapies without help. This is his story about how flexor hallucis longus tendon pain almost ruined his life. What Is…read more
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