Question: In patients having repair of Achilles tendon ruptures, does early motion or immobilization after surgery reduce Achilles tendon elongation?
Design: Randomized (allocation concealed), unblinded, controlled trial with 60-week follow-up.
Setting: A university hospital in Oulu, Finland.
Patients: 50 patients who were 21 to 55 years of age (mean age 36 y, 92% men) and treated for an acute, complete, closed Achilles tendon rupture. Exclusion criteria included an age of >60 years, a delay in treatment of ≥1 week, systemic or local corticosteroid treatment, a previous Achilles tendon rupture on the contralateral side, and diabetes …
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