David Beckham

I am sure all on here will join me in wishing David a full and speedy recovery.  I hope that he will be playing for Milan next season.  Whatever he chooses to do, he has achieved what most of us can only dream of and I am sure that he will become a model as to what is possible to do after enduring this injury that many of us have been through.  Good luck mate.

22 Responses to “David Beckham”

  1. yep, we certainly feel his pain…

    now I know where to go for the best treatment next time!
    “will fly to Finland this morning to visit Dr Sakari Orava, professor of orthopaedics and traumatology at the Mehilainen Clinic in Turku, who is expected to perform surgery on the player’s left tendon this afternoon.”

  2. That’s terrible! He was clearly working hard to get ready for this year’s World Cup. Hopefully he will be back in MLS if not elsewhere. I know I will be following his recovery.

  3. I feel for Beckham - mainly since it’s likely he won’t be making the World Cup, but also because I burst my achilles at just about the same time as he, today, in my soccer match - same leg, and doing the exact same thing… just dribbling the ball. I thought someone took a cheap shot from behind and kicked my achilles with all their might, before realizing from the ground that no one was around me. After my initial shock from trying to figure what just happened, or who shot me from the sidelines, I realized what must have happened. The crappy thing for me is I just passed the 1 year anniversary of my ACL replacement surgery on the same leg, was feeling stronger than ever, and have progressively better games each day including this one. Now this. After feeling sorry for my self and RICE’ing myself on the couch with the laptop looking for my next surgeon, I saw the Beckham story on line. As crappy as it is for both of us, it made me feel not so bad for myself. After reading these blogs, I again feel hopeful, despite knowing firsthand the challenge ahead of me having recently finished PT for my ACL surgery not so long ago. I’ll be checking this blog going forward - best of luck to all of you!


  4. Yes, all the best to David Beckham, even from across the pond here!

    cterzian, while DB and his fancy Finnish surgeon may end up setting records for the fastest post-ATR rehab in history, you should check the results from the latest randomized trials that compare surgery to the so-called “conservative” approach — at my blog, achillesblog.com/normofthenorth — before scheduling your surgery.

    I say “so-called conservative approach”, because the current state of the art is for a relatively rapid progression from NWB to FWB, from immobilization in equinus (toes down) to neutral, and from total immobilization to physio and exercises, and then to “2 shoes”.

    The latest FOUR studies all randomized a bunch of patients into the two streams — surgery and no surgery — and then kept them on the same, fairly quick, rehab schedule. And they all found no significant difference in re-rupture rate, strength, and ROM! (Well, actually, ONE of the studies found a significant difference in ONE of the strength measurements — and the “no surgery” patients measured stronger!!) And most of the studies found a significant difference in surgical complications, too, as expected.

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  5. Gareth, I don’t know how far you’ve come on your road to complete recovery, but it’s just conceivable that some of those modern non-surgical protocols could still help speed you along. . .

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  6. Welcome Chris and sorry you have had to join us! Though presumably you won’t be missing a world cup as a result? Good luck with the surgery and keep us informed about how it all goes. I’m three weeks into non surgical recovery (seems the norm for non US people!) and I found this site to be really helpful and supportive.

  7. 2ndtimer,

    Sure, you can get treated by Dr. Orava, if you spend it like Beckham.

    Okay, that was a bad joke.

    Maybe future Achillesbloggers will try to mend it like Beckham?


  8. Re. Beckham: Poor bastard. Looks like he has “the” doc for this kind of thing, though. I’ve read a couple stories re. how they plan to have him running again in 3 months! I believe it too. he’s a world class athlete to begin with (fit as all get out) and has the best doctors and trainers in the world. best of luck to him.

  9. I would hope such experts would have a world class athlete running in three months. I was running at three months, and I’m an arthritic old fart who made up my own rehab as I went.


  10. It was only the other night I was at Old Trafford welcoming Becks back home. He reminded us of the good times witha ferocious volley and some pinpoint passes. Classic Beckham. I am glad I got to see a United legend (yes Im a massive United fan) in the flesh but am bitterly dissapointed he won’t be at the World Cup.

    He has worked so hard and to get so close must be crushing. I was in tears back in Septmeber when the docs told be no 5 a side with your mates till next summer. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be told you will miss your last World Cup.

    Becks, your a legend, and have already left your mark on England, hope your recovery goes well. I’m in LA later this year and hope to see you playing again at the Galaxy.

  11. I feel really badly for Beckham and wish him a speedy recovery. I have to admit though that this gives me a perverse sense of comfort about having ruptured my left Achilles playing soccer about 11 months ago. If it can happen to a star like Beckham, there’s nothing to be ashamed of when it happens to a 50 year old duffer like me. As far as him returning to play, I have no doubt of it. Though obviously at nowhere near Beckham’s level, I was able to return to playing limited minutes 14 weeks post-surgery and a full 90 minutes about 18 weeks post-surgery.

  12. Sorry to hear about Beckham, but I’m looking forward to reading normofthenorth’s comments on his decision to have surgery…

  13. Beckham’s surgery was successful, in a cast for 6-8 weeks. still don’t understand why some docs opt for the cast, others don’t. dang glad mine did not. it sure was nice to air out the whole mess / flex from time to time.

  14. Beckham’ injury was a carbon copy of mine! First step started to run half speed, slightly bent leg-snap!

  15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgOemKqIzEE

    Just watched the footage again…as in my case, he wasn’t doing anything explosive, no sprinting, no jumping…just a simple change of direction under no pressure/urgency. Crazy how it just happens.

  16. Gareth sent me his amazing story by e-mail — in response to those foolish “[WORDPRESS HASHCASH]” error messages that appear in my messages. Gareth you should post it here — or at least cut and paste what you mailed me!

    I haven’t read anything about Beckham except what’s been posted here, but I’m shocked that the best AT surgeon in the world wants to immobilize him in a cast for 6-8 weeks.

    If I were managing a Beckham, I’d probably send him to the Japanese duo that just published a new article I linked and discussed on my page. They don’t even use casts OR boots(!). And maybe Doug53 should supervise his rehab, to make sure he doesn’t lose any time unneccesarily. He’d probably end up playing in the World Cup!

    Their article is “Novel Approach to Repair of Acute Achilles Tendon Rupture: Early Recovery Without Postoperative Fixation or Orthosis”. Am J Sports Med February 2010 vol. 38 no. 2 287-292, Tadahiko Yotsumoto et al. The abstract’s at ajs.sagepub.com/content/38/2/287.abstract .

  17. I watched a video of Beckham’s doc talking about his surgery. He mentioned that he had to augment the tendon with a part of the calf muscle. It takes a little more recovery time when you are hoping for a graft to take hold. I would guess that is why Beckham’s recovery period jumped from 3-4 months up to 6 months. I am also guessing that any other doctors, including the Japanese duo mentioned in an earlier post, would probably have had to make the same decision if they were actually the ones that did the surgery and had to do a graft. Everybody’s situation is different.
    I have also been told that the non-surgical approach to an ATR is less successful in people who have had long term tendonosis. My doc said healthy tendons tend to make a tighter bond on their own. Beckham has had Achilles problems for a while. He even had a partial rupture on his right side in 2006. If all this is true, this may also be why one of the best orthopaedic surgeons in the world did what he did.

  18. Interesting stuff, Smish! It isn’t obvious to me why a graft would take longer to heal than the unusually slow ATR recovery, but I’m just an armchair Internet “expert”!

    I don’t think the world is ready for a Beckham to get “the boot” yet — and if the best and fastest surgical protocols advance significantly, it might never be ready. Eventually, there’s clearly a limit to the fastest speed of a non-surgical cure, and surgery SHOULD be able to go much faster. (Unfortunately, that’s got NOTHING to do with what most of our fellow bloggers here are actually getting for treatment.) Then “magic” chemicals and nano-technology could give the non-op protocols the edge again, some day.

    I’d be curious to see if what you’ve been told — “that the non-surgical approach to an ATR is less successful in people who have had long term tendonosis” — is backed up by any evidence, or if it’s just the same kind of “conventional knowledge” that the newest studies have been disproving! In this field, if it sounds logical, it MIGHT be true — or not!

  19. TURKU, Finland – David Beckham was walking on crutches a day after surgery, joined by his wife in Finland and beginning a rehabilitation in which he is expected to play soccer again in six months.

    “I’m feeling positive and now concentrating on getting back to full fitness over the coming months,” Beckham said in a statement Tuesday.

    Dr. Sakari Orava told The Associated Press that Beckham is feeling fine and will spend another night at the clinic in western Finland. His medical team is drawing up a rehab program for the 34-year-old player following Monday’s operation to repair a totally torn left Achilles’ tendon.

    “These walking exercises are the first day’s program after surgery,” Orava said. “After that he will get a detailed program for further rehabilitation, and then, (Wednesday) probably, he flies to London, and then to the U.S.”

    Looks like early mobility is part of his program…though I can’t imagine he will be casted for 6-8 weeks as was originally reported.

  20. Do we think that “walking exercises” means that he’s PWB already? It’s possible.

    Sounds like not. Here’s a quote from an AP story — from AC Milan, not his Doctor or hospital:

    “The plan includes a complete recovery in six months, at the end of which he can play again,” the club said in a statement, adding that Beckham shouldn’t put weight on his injured foot for two weeks and can undergo physical therapy in a pool after six weeks.

    It doesn’t sound as quick as doug53, though it’s quicker than most ATR patients here, with or without grafts.

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