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Hi All!

new to all of this so apologies for amateur page…

name is G.Q, had ATR on right leg in ‘01.  been fortunate to last this many years of playing sport & top flight b’ball until a month ago when i was unfortunate to have ATR on left leg.  would like to share the healing process with everyone here & beyond, feel free to add your stories or knowledge to my page, look forward to my first ever blog.

thanks…

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  2. By 2ndtimer on Aug 12, 2010 | Reply

    Welcome, unfortunately…
    So did you have surgery first time around - and now? Give us some perspective on your recovery from the first ATR, too - I am over a year from re-rupture, curious to hear how long it took for your calf muscle to recover all the strength?

  3. By gqsmoove7 on Aug 13, 2010 | Reply

    hey 2ndtimer,

    apologies for not completing my ATR history, i confess to not being very good with blogging so bare with me please, will do my best to explain all that i can to date.

    back in ‘01 i did have surgery on RIGHT leg, on the advice my coach was to re-sign me for the following basketball season. all went well & from memory i had no complications with stitches or injury itself apart from scar tissue that got smoothed out with massage over time. my calf had shrunk incredibly & looked like a stick compared to my other calf which resmebled a tree trunk! anyway my rehab went well but admit not the most professional, it was my offseason so spent more time on bball court rather than in gym & though i didn’t regain full strength with calf muscle i ended up playing basketball & other sports with no problems at all. before ATR on LEFT leg, my right leg would have been about 80% at best. if i wasn’t so lazy & obsessed with playing sport again instead of recovering absolute full strength, i believe things may have been different & probably not be in this situation. many on here would know or ask why??? over compensating for my skinny, 80%, over-worked right leg, something bad was bound to happen.

    so here i am, ATR on left leg & casted since July 16th, opting for non-surgical treatment & feeling ok about decision. although i’ve developed blood clots in leg & taking care of it daily with medicine, i have a different mindset now - i’m determined to get back full strength when rehab begins…& thats both legs!

    thanks for letting me share my story, guess i’m on here to get more knowledge on surgery vs. non-surgery rehab, i’m optimistic about it all & look forward to hearing more stories & advice from many on here.

    BTW, yesterday i had 3rd cast change with angling of foot, same process in 2 weeks, the following 2 weeks maybe PWB but will keep updates on all…

  4. By normofthenorth on Aug 13, 2010 | Reply

    Try to slide toward the UWO Protocol — bit.ly/UWOProtocol — ASAP, because it’s faster and better documented to produce good results than what you’re on. And get into a boot ASAP, too.

    You and I are almost on the same schedule — I tore my right AT playing volleyball in Nov. 2001, and tore the left AT (also playing volleyball) in Dec. 2009!

    I also had surgery on the first one, and not on the second. But I was put right into a boot this time, following the well-tested UWO protocol. No casts ever, PT and exercises from 2 weeks on, PWB at 2 wks, FWB “as tolerated” at 4 wks, full ankle plantarflexion until 6 weeks in. Recovery’s been a breeze. (I waited quite a while before I could do 1-leg heel raises, but they’re finally coming along.)

    I don’t believe your second ATR was brought on by anything you did, other than going back to a fun “high-risk” sport and playing hard. My right calf and AT felt great when I returned to Volleyball, and still feels great after I tore the left one. By all means do some more work in the gym this time, but I don’t think there’s any relationship between that and your other-side rupture. Some people are naturally more prone to ATRs than average, and if we play sports that load it up to the max, we’re at high risk of popping it. Now that you’ve done ‘em both, you’ll probably be safe — but only from ATRs!!.

    (There’s a link on the main page here to a bunch of studies, including one on this very question, which found that ATR “survivors” were about 200x more likely to tear the other AT than the public at large. And that INCLUDES a bunch of people who gave up the high-risk sports after the first one!!)

    The old-fashioned slow “conservative casting” did NOT produce good results. It generally avoided complications (including most of the incidence of DVT — sorry ’bout that!), but it had a high re-rupture rate, maybe 3x as high as surgery. But the new-fangled non-op protocols like UWO’s are producing excellent results, including strength, ROM, and re-rupture rates that are indistinguishable from surgical results — and still without the lion’s share of complications.

    Check out the results by clicking on references #4-7 of the Wikipedia article on ATR, or on my blog page on studies, at bit.ly/achillesstudies .

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