What is the role of physical therapy in the management of the acute phase of a peroneal tendon injury?

Updated: Mar 07, 2018
  • Author: Steven J Karageanes, DO, FAOASM; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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If the symptoms are minimal and if no significant instability is present, a rehabilitation program can be started. This program should include an ankle strengthening, flexibility, and proprioception regimen.

Physical therapy must evaluate core biomechanics as previously discussed in this article. Patients with peroneal injuries can limp or favor that side, and many patients develop dysfunctions in the lumbosacropelvic region that inhibit muscle firing, shift functional leg lengths, and lead to problems in other regions, such as the lower back and knee. A comprehensive rehabilitation program must evaluate core stability and include core exercises in the rehabilitation program.


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