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hello fellow runners, im a radiographer who currently specialises in the world of shockwave therapy, dealing with kidney stones but occasionaly the equipment is used for many orthopaedic ailments including the classic runners complaints plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis, patellar tendinitis and shin splints. the science behind it is a little vague but specialists believe it encourages blood flow to the area to aid with the healing process.
Ive been a radiographer for a good few years now and until i joined the company 8 months ago wasnt aware that shockwave therapy was used for anything other than Kidney stones. as a very keen runner myself ( PB 1hr 27 for half marathon) ive been blighted for years with Plantar fasciitis and was very interested and intrigued when i discovered that the therapy was used to treat the dreaded affliction!!.
my new colleagues were very obliging when i asked if they could treat me to a session or two, The treatment was uncomfortable and can only describe the pain as the feeling you experience when you knock your funny bone (but consistently for around 10 minutes!!) After a couple of treatments I definetly saw an improvement, something in the region of a decrease in pain and stiffness in the morning of around 75%..i still have the odd twinge but overall i am delighted that it now doesnt dictate my training when im preparing for a race. (recently did edinburgh half in 1hr 32 and had no pain the next morning (very rare).
i was wondering if there are any chronic PF sufferers ( or tendonitis sufferers) who have been struggling for 6 months or more (runners (or non runners welcome) in the notts area who fancies a session or two for free as im trying to gather information as to whether they agree the treatment is valid and actually helpful. There are mixed reviews in the UK medical fraternity. However in the USA it is widely used and approved by the FDA ( food and drugs administration..our equivalent is NICE..national institute for clinical excellence). NICE are a little unsure, they seem to think there is something in it but welcome audits to confirm this.
ANYWAY! i feel im rambling..anyone interested, get in touch, im very keen to find out myself if this treatment works for others.. i know what a bugger PF is!!!