What is it?
Developed by the Tendinopathy Task force in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia, the Achilles Tendinopathy Toolkit is a summary of the current evidence supporting best physiotherapy practice, assessment and treatment of achilles tendinopathies.
- A summary of the current evidence in the treatment of acute and chronic achilles tendinopathy including the clinical research evidence, published expert opinion, global take home messages and clinical implications
- A 1 page treatment algorithm to guide your clinical decision making when assessing and treating achilles tendinopathy
- A phased achilles tendon loading exercise protocol
- Low level laser therapy dosage calculation
- A thorough list of the evidence used to compile these recommendations for biomechanical assessment and interventions including manual therapy, exercise, low level laser therapy, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, iontophoresis, taping, orthotic, brace/ night splint, heel lift and acupuncture/ related techniques.
- A summary of the medical and surgical interventions commonly prescribed for the management of an achilles tendinopathy including pharmacology, injection therapies, dry needling and surgery.
This resource is incredibly well researched and organized for easy practical application. With one glance a practitioner can review the type of evidence, research methods, study results, pros and cons and practical implications for a wide array of articles and interventions. It is also refreshing to see expert clinical opinion factored into a recommendation. As we can all attest to, in physiotherapy we must not solely rely on evidence but our clinical experiences as well.