Shockwave Therapy Cures Runners Recurring Calf Injury
Condition: Calf Injury
Treated by: Paul Hobrough Physio & Therapy UK
“I had read Paul’s book, “Running Free of Injuries”, and I knew that he was one of the leading physiotherapists in the country, so I decided to take the plunge and book an appointment.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure quite what to expect and, in fact, I was quite nervous about going. After all, Paul treats some of the top athletes in the country, and there he was, about to treat me! However, the moment I walked into the clinic, I realised that I had nothing to be nervous about. It has a lovely warm, friendly feel about it, and the staff are really friendly. I was greeted by Emily, who made me very welcome indeed.
I discussed my calf problem with Paul, and he immediately set about diagnosing the problem. This guy is a chartered physiotherapist and he has seen it all before - I would doubt if there was a condition that he couldn’t fix.
After the initial assessment, Paul clearly explained what needed to be done, and also explained what my options were. I opted to go for the shockwave therapy treatment. Now this was a bit more expensive, but I would strongly recommend it to anyone. Shockwave therapy is definitely the way to go! .
I had 6 sessions of shockwave therapy, I can’t believe the difference it has made. My leg feels so much stronger, and I am able to run again without the constant fear of my leg popping. I really looked forward to each session, as I knew that I was getting the best treatment possible. I would highly recommend Shockwave Therapy”.
Treatment Protocol used at Physio & Therapy UK
Physio & Therapy UK used a combination approach, combining Radial and Focused Shockwave Therapy for the best outcome:
Soft tissue release to the gastrocnemius and soleus, sub talar mobilisation and mobilisation of the tarsals and metatarsals.
Dry needling to the two heads of gastrocnemius and concurrent application of Radial Shockwave Therapy at 2.5-3 bar pressure for 2000 shocks at frequency of 12.
Followed by Focused Shockwave Therapy at the site of the lesion 1500 shocks are 0.25 frequency of 4.
6 weeks of treatment with 7 day frequency and home exercise initially for isomeric calf raises 45 second holds x 4 every other day for 2 weeks, then heavy slow resistance 4 x 15 alternate days for 4 weeks.
Moderate stretching - just into sensation not pain 4 times per day 45 seconds