Author(s): Eric T. Greenberg, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Sports Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist
Tendinopathies typically are characterized by excessive loading (1, 2) and overuse resulting in tendon breakdown. Pain in the Achilles tendon is seen commonly in middle-aged athletes (30-50 years of age) who are involved in a variety of sports (3-8); running is the sport most commonly reported (prevalence≤9%). (3, 4, 8-11) Pain is experienced either in the mid-portion of the tendon or at the tendon's bony insertion and is a common cause of disability. (12) Although often associated with active individuals, pathology of and pain in the Achilles tendon also are reported in the sedentary population. (3, 4, 13, 14)
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Date: January 14, 2013
Content Type: Clinical Summary
Eric T. Greenberg, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Sports Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist