- 4 subgroups exist in people with mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy.
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE
Hanlon et al (2023) previously identified that there are three sub-groups of Achilles tendinopathy patients in a study on patients with mid-portion and Achilles tendinopathy. This paper was previously reviewed for PhysioNetwork and can be viewed in Issue 60 (November 2022).
Since the identification of these sub-groups Hanlon and colleagues (2023) set out to identify the clinical outcomes (trajectories) with normal care for these individuals. And verify the subgroups in a cohort of patients with mid-portion tendinopathy alone.
A key message from this paper is informing patients that rehab may take 6-12 months as recovery is incomplete at earlier time points.
The study used a prospective cohort design to answer the questions. 114 people were recruited, and they had a full assessment including patient reported outcome measures, clinical exam, tendon structure measures using ultrasound imaging and continuous shear wave elastography alongside