Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tendon problems- the biceps and achilles tendons

The Achilles is the largest and most powerful tendon in the human body. But like the name suggests, it is the proverbial Achilles heel during extreme physical stress. Sudden or unusual exercise or physical activity can cause the rupture of the Achilles tendon. The ultrasound image above shows a full thickness tear through this tendon located just above the heel.
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The biceps tendon is the cord that connects the biceps muscle in the forearm to its insertion in the humerus. Chronic wear and tear with inflammation can cause biceps tendonitis. Ultrasound is now increasingly being used as a cheaper and better alternative to MR imaging in studying tendon pathology. See:
for extensive discussion on this topic.
Both ultrasound images are courtesy of Shlomo Gobi, Israel.

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