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Case Study: Healing Bilateral Achilles Tendon Partial Tears with Traditional Prolotherapy

Case Study: Healing Bilateral Achilles Tendon Partial Tears with Traditional Prolotherapy

Background: A middle-aged touch footy enthusiast, found himself facing a serious hurdle in his active lifestyle. He began experiencing persistent posterior heel pain in both legs, which was affecting his ability to participate in the sport he loved.

Diagnostic Process: Recognising the severity of the issue, he sought professional attention. Imaging studies revealed bilateral partial tears in his Achilles tendons, a condition that could potentially lead to significant functional impairment.

Treatment Plan: Given the bilateral nature of his condition and his desire to return to his active lifestyle, a comprehensive treatment plan was developed. Traditional Prolotherapy was chosen as the primary treatment modality, with the aim of promoting tissue repair and regeneration in the affected Achilles tendons.

Prolotherapy Sessions: He underwent a total of four Traditional Prolotherapy sessions, spaced three weeks apart over the course of two months.

Session Progression:

Session 1: Initiating Healing

During the initial session, he received targeted Prolotherapy injections around the affected areas of both Achilles tendons. The procedure was well-tolerated, with him reporting only mild discomfort.

Following the first session, he noted a slight reduction in pain and improved mobility in his heels a week after treatment.

Session 2: Building on Progress

The second session focused on reinforcing the healing process. Prolotherapy injections were administered with a specific emphasis on the Achilles tendon areas.

By this point, he had reported a noticeable reduction in pain.

Session 3: Continued Improvement

The third session aimed to further strengthen the tendons and promote tissue regeneration.

He shared that the pain in his Achilles tendons had significantly decreased, and he was experiencing only occasional discomfort.

Session 4: Remarkable Recovery

By the fourth session, he reported being nearly pain-free. He felt a significant improvement in both Achilles tendons and was eager to resume his touch footy activities.


After completing the four Traditional Prolotherapy sessions, he experienced a remarkable transformation:

Complete Healing of Partial Tears: Follow-up ultrasound imaging confirmed that all partial tears in his Achilles tendons had completely healed.

Pain-Free and Active: He was not only free from pain but also able to fully engage in touch footy again, without any limitations.

Restored Quality of Life: The relief provided by Traditional Prolotherapy had a profound impact on his overall well-being, allowing him to pursue his passion with vigor.


This case illustrates the effectiveness of Traditional Prolotherapy in healing bilateral Achilles tendon partial tears. Through a series of four sessions, this footy player experienced complete resolution of his Achilles tendon issues, enabling him to return to his beloved touch footy activities without hindrance. This case highlights the potential of Traditional Prolotherapy as a powerful and non-invasive treatment option for individuals facing Achilles tendon injuries.


The information provided in this case study is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Every individual’s condition is unique, and treatment outcomes can vary. Before undergoing any treatment, it is crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare professional who can assess your specific situation and provide personalised recommendations. Always seek the advice of a podiatrist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of information contained in this case study.

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Dr Peter Shelton

Dr Peter Shelton BSc Hons. is an Accredited Podiatrist based in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

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