Introduction

Here at Summit Physio, we have now been offering Shockwave Therapy for a few months.Furthermore, We are still one of the only clinics in the region to offer this highly effective treatment. Shockwave Therapy is recommended for a number of soft tissue tendinopathies. We have found it to have excellent outcomes with a number of our clients suffering from chronic soft tissue related pathologies. In this blog, we will discuss a few examples of the cases we have seen in the clinic.

Tendonitis

Tendonitis in the knee is most common in the patella which is the tendon located at the front of the knee. Patella tendonitis most commonly affects people who engage in physical activity on a regular basis. Activities which put a strain on the front of the knee such as football, basketball, running and tennis, in particular, can aggravate the patella and cause tendonitis. Older people are also at a higher risk of developing tendinitis as the tendons lose elasticity with age.

Symptoms of Tendonitis of the knee include…

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • tenderness near the knee joint

Symptoms are usually aggravated by movement such as getting up from a seated position and climbing the stairs. The knee can also become visibly swollen due to inflammation. It is important to treat the symptoms of Tendonitis early as this will lead to a faster recovery.

We have seen a number of clients come in suffering from Knee and Achilles tendon. A big majority of these clients have already tried a lot of treatment options, including rest, graded activity and home rehabilitations. However, none of these solutions had a long term effect.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move, the pain normally decreases. However, it might return after long periods of standing or when you stand up after sitting. Plantar fasciitis is more common in runners. People who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support also have an increased risk of plantar fasciitis.

We see a high number of clients come through our door suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. Most of these clients had already exhausted a lot of other types of treatment but only getting short-term pain relief (at best). The past few months we have used Shockwave Therapy with clients who have all reported it had allowed them to take those first steps in a morning, pain-free!

Tennis Elbow & Golfers Elbow

You don’t have to be Roger Federer or Tiger Woods to have it. if you’ve never played a set of tennis or a round of golf, you can still suffer from Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow. They are both overuse injuries that are caused by any activity that requires repetitive motion of the arm and wrist. The difference between the two conditions lies in where the elbow is inflamed.

Both Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow are forms of epicondylitis, an inflammation of tendons that attach to the elbow. Tennis Elbow affects the lateral, or outside, epicondyle and Golfer’s Elbow affects the medial, or inside, epicondyle.

We see a range of people coming in suffering from this problem. Just like the other injuries, a lot of these clients had already tried a number of other treatments but with only short-term pain relief being achieved. Shockwave therapy is effective in reducing pain in people with tennis elbow and golfer elbow.

Conclusion

If you are suffering from any of these injuries, why not try a new and effective way of treating your pain. Give us a call to book your Shockwave Therapy session: 0800 731 2738

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