Shockwave Therapy Cures Runners Recurring Calf Injury

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Arny, Runner

Condition: Calf Injury

Treated by: Paul Hobrough Physio & Therapy UK

Device: Storz DUOLITH SD1 T-TOP »F-SW ultra«

“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

sarah campbell