Why is proprioceptive rehabilitation needed during the recovery phase of peroneal tendon injury?

Updated: Mar 07, 2018
  • Author: Steven J Karageanes, DO, FAOASM; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Proprioceptive rehabilitation is crucial because recurrent ankle sprains are related to poor muscle firing and balance. Every sprain can stretch and damage the peroneus tendon fibers, loosen the lateral supports, and create further instability. Athletes need to be aware that recurrent injury without proper rehabilitation can destabilize the ankle supports and create further problems.

A literature review by van Dijk et al of studies addressing rehabilitation following surgery for peroneal tears and ruptures found a possible trend toward shorter postsurgical immobilization periods and earlier initiation of range-of-motion (ROM) exercises, with ROM activity begun within 4 weeks postsurgery in 41% of the studies that discussed commencement of these exercises. The report found no consensus regarding optimal rehabilitation practices after peroneal tendon tear or rupture surgery. [33]


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