You will know exactly what's wrong with your shoulder and how it can be treated.
Based on your diagnosis we'll design a treatment programme just for you.
We aim to get you back to being active, enjoying life.
Hopefully, by now you’ve been to an emergency department at your local hospital, your GP, or your local accident and emergency clinic. If not, that is your first port of call. They will be able to stabilise your foot and leg to avoid any further damage, provide pain relief, and crutches.
Avoid putting any pressure on your leg at the moment.
At this point, you need to book in and see a Sport and Exercise Physician who can accurately diagnose the severity of the rupture and the best course of action to rehabilitate it.
Some Achilles tendon ruptures require surgery, while others can be treated through non-surgical means. The key is an accurate diagnosis (which we can do) to understand the severity of the tear. From there we can recommend whether surgery is necessary or not.
Should you need surgery, we can help with that too. We have strong relationships with a number of leading orthopaedic surgeons. Talk to our team about referral options for your injury.
Once your Achilles has been operated on (if necessary) and/or is out of a cast or a moon boot, you will need to undertake a period of physiotherapy and follow an exercise program. We need to restore the strength in your Achilles and the supporting muscles around it, and by doing this well, we will reduce the risk of re-injury or an associated injury. You may need to continue with physiotherapy and exercise for a number of months, and a full recovery may take as long as a year.
By working with our team throughout your recovery, you’ll be monitored by our doctors and physiotherapists, ensuring your recovery is on track.
In many cases a rotator cuff injury qualifies for an integrated care pathway (sometimes referred to as Careway), meaning your treatment (including all physiotherapy, surgery, Sport and Exercise Physician consultations and radiology scans) will be completely covered by ACC.
Do I qualify?
All patients must first be diagnosed and assessed before being placed on the integrated pathway. Generally speaking, however, if you have suffered a dislocated shoulder, you have a good chance of qualifying.