Achilles tendon injury and therapy

Matt loves to run – so much so that in August 2020 he ran 21 marathons in 21 days. While the challenge was a success, he came out of it having injured his right Achilles tendon. It progressively worsened, and he could no longer run on it.

After a few failed attempts at various treatments, Matt spoke to his neighbor about his experience. He recommended Matt see Brian Caricato, PT, DPT, OCS, at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services – Allison Park. At this point, Matt hadn’t run for a full year and was ready to get back to what he loves.

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What to Expect in Physical Therapy

“The planning Brian did was very valuable,” Matt says. “The first day Brian spent about an hour trying different approaches, giving me hope because he was so optimistic, and coming up with a game plan.” Matt attended physical therapy (PT) two to three times per week at first for about 45 minutes per session. He worked on a combination of 10 to 15 exercises each time – including calf raises, stretching, resistance band training, and more. “You name it, I did it,” Matt says. He shares that the beneficial exercises from PT were easy to take home with him thanks to an app that he and his therapist used to collaborate throughout rehab and recovery.

After completing PT with Brian, Matt was able to compete again right away. Recovery took about 15 months, and in November 2021 he felt close to 100% capable of his previous performance. While Matt shares that he’s typically a tough critic, he gave his experience a 10 out of 10. “I hope to not have another injury,” says Matt, “but I look forward to going back to CRS in Allison Park because I enjoyed the staff so much. Morning, noon, or night – they were always respectful and working hard.”

Centers for Rehab Services in Allison Park

The UPMC Centers for Rehab Services – Allison Park location is conveniently located at the UPMC Outpatient Center in Hampton Township. The location offers free on-site parking and is handicap accessible. Services in Allison Park include:

  • Amputation program.
  • Balance therapy.
  • Hand therapy.
  • Lower-extremity limb-loss program.
  • Neurorehabilitation.
  • Occupational therapy.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Speech therapy.
  • Sports rehab programs.

To learn more about UPMC Centers for Rehab Services or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-888-723-4277 or visit our website.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on , and was last reviewed on .

About UPMC Centers for Rehab Services

Whatever your therapy need – physical, occupational, or speech – UPMC Centers for Rehab Services can create a personalized treatment plan for you. We have more than 60 outpatient facilities throughout our communities, with convenient hours for your schedule. Our therapies follow the most up-to-date research for rehabilitation. We treat numerous conditions, from arthritis and tendinitis, to injuries and symptoms related to other medical conditions. Visit our website for more information.