Muscles, tendons & soft tissues
The treatment of sports & exercise injuries has come a long way. What once required an operation and surgical interventions, can now be treated with non-invasive modern technology. We all know exercising improves our health, but from time to time we will sustain an injury in doing so.
Whether you are a sporting professional or weekend jogger, a hamstring strain feels the same, and seriously derails your fitness programme. Likewise with chronic tendon injuries and all the problems that can beset us whether we exercise regularly or not.
If you are suffering from any of the conditions listed below, Shockwave Therapy can help you.
The first step on the road to recovery is to call 07535 321296 (or complete the Contact Form below) and arrange an initial consultation with Professor Nicola Maffulli – www.nicolamaffulli.com.
Nicola is widely accepted as one of the UK’s leading experts in sports & exercise injuries. He will either examine you in person, or direct you to an associate with specific expertise in your condition. Professor Maffulli’s profile can also be seen here
You will then be prescribed, where appropriate, a course of shockwave therapy (SWT), which will be administered by an expert practitioner over 3 once-weekly treatments. Alongside you will acquire advice on how best to prevent a recurrence of symptoms.
Common sports & exercise injuries:
Arms & shoulders
- Calcific Tendonitis
This is caused by a buildup of calcium deposits in muscles or tendons. This condition can affect any part of the body, although the shoulder rotator cuffs are most commonly at risk. Once damaged, the overall strength and stability of the shoulder and upper arm can be severely compromised.
- Forearm Muscles
Forearm injuries can have many causes, including a direct injury and overuse, especially when lifting weights or doing compound bodyweight moves. SWT is proven effective in accelerating the healing process.
- Epicondylitis (Tennis and/or Golfer’s Elbow)
Tennis Elbow can cause anything from discomfort to severe pain, even when you are not using the elbow. It is characterised by pain on the outside of the elbow, as opposed to Golfer’s Elbow, which affects the inside. It is a common and persistent overuse injury.
- Lateral Hip Pain/Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
Also known as Gluteal Tendinopathy, this is a debilitating pain which runs down the outside of your hips, sometimes as far as the knee. It can make any movement extremely uncomfortable, and when severe, can disrupt sleep.
- Patellar Tendonitis (‘Jumper’s Knee’)
When the tendon that joins your kneecap to the shinbone wears down, it can result in this painful condition. You don’t need to jump to experience it, though. Even walking can become painful.
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Iliotibial band syndrome (ITB syndrome) is the most common cause of pain on the outside of the knee in runners and other sports people.
Your IT Band runs down the length of your thigh, working with knee ligaments to help stabilise your knee joint. When it rubs repeatedly against the lower end of your thigh bone as it joins your knee, friction can cause inflammation and pain.
Other common lower body injuries
- Tibial Stress Syndrome (shin splints)
Running on hard surfaces, particularly when doing long mileage, is a major cause of pain on your lower leg. These are a major symptom of Tibial Stress Syndrome. It is an extremely painful condition which can be hard to shake, and often recurs without treatment once you return to running.
- Achilles Tendinopathy
This is a common injury to the tendon that runs down the back of your lower leg to your heel. You may get pain, stiffness, tenderness and sometimes swelling that makes it difficult to move freely.
- Plantar Fasciitis (and Heel Spurs)
A painful inflammation of the fibrous band of connective tissue (plantar fascia) that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot.
It can be further complicated by Heel Spurs, where a calcium buildup causes the formation of a bony spur. Although abnormal gait and weight issues can be factors, this is especially common among runners and other athletes. More info here.