Monday, March 15, 2010
When 'Becks' ruptured his achilles tendon in a kick-ball match in Europeai a few days ago a whole lot of people cared because he was going to Captain England in the upcoming "World Cup". This is a giant kickball tournament held every four years, and the riots, car burnings, and gratuitous violence that surround the tournament are inevitably more exciting than the actual kickball matches themselves.
Above is an MRI showing a ruptured achilles tendon. If I remember my orthopedics the "Thompson test" will diagnose it in the clinic. The patient lies face down and the injured leg is held in full extension. A gentle squeeze of the gastrocnemius muscle will either cause the foot to move or not (check out the little video clip... pretty good).
No movement? Ruptured achilles and surgery thank you very much. It' a hard surgery to come back from to the point of world class competition, so folks are calling Beck's career kaput.
Oh and one other thing... If I remember my anatomy professor correctly, the entire human body can be suspended by the achilles. I imagine this was discovered in various gruesome ways throughout history and is only slightly more painful in application than doing a surgical residency.
Posted by 911DOC at Monday, March 15, 2010