This patient’s story relates to a 35-year-old female, who attended goPhysio with calf pain.
When she first came to see Physio Charlotte, she described her pain as a muscular tightness in her calf, spreading up into her hamstring and buttock area.
Her pain had started within 24 hours of a weights session at the gym. She booked and attended her first appointment within 3-4 days of the pain starting.
More about her symptoms
The patient’s pain was intermittent and varied depending on certain activities. It was causing her to wake at night, and she found it difficult to get comfortable. Night-time was the most problematic time, whereas she barely noticed the pain during the day.
What was causing her pain?
At her first appointment, Charlotte carried out a full and detailed assessment and it became clear that the source of the pain into her leg was her lower back, due to an impingement of a nerve in that area. Charlotte started her treatment during that first session and the patient was also given some exercises to do at home.
By the time she came for her second appointment, four days later, she had been sleeping without a problem and had no leg pain. She was acutely aware of her lower back (the source of the problem). With subsequent treatment, we have seen a continued improvement. Treatments during the sessions have included myofascial release techniques, home exercises, soft tissue work, mobilisations, postural advice, and trigger point work.
The patient is counting to work on exercises for her lower back area to help ensure she reduces the risk of the injury returning.
goPhysio provided my treatment in a clean, welcoming environment. My physiotherapist, Charlotte, was excellent. She listened to my description of symptoms and identified the source of my pain after taking a detailed history and conducting an initial examination. During treatment she always explained what she was doing and why, which helped me to better understand my recovery goals. I am delighted with my progress to date and look forward to continuing positive progress.
Today, local runner, Personal Trainer & Running Coach, Mike, shares with us his story of recovery from Plantar Fasciitis.
As a bit of a brief background, Mike developed plantar fasciitis in both of his feet, after a period of increasing his running mileage 14 months ago. The painful condition affected him so much that he had to stop doing what he loved – run. When he finally came to see us, he hadn’t run for over a year. Having tried many other treatments and ways to tackle his plantar fasciitis, Mike wanted to give Shockwave Therapy a go. Both he and we are delighted with the progress that he made and within 6 weeks or so, he was back competing in his first 10k in over a year, pain free!
We asked Mike to share more about his experience and how Shockwave Therapy helped him finally recover from his plantar fasciitis.
Tell us more about your injury Mike?
In October 2017 I started to increase my weekly running miles as part of my winter training. I was focused on attending the World Masters Athletics championships in 2018. My weekly volume was 45 miles per week and I was running both cross-country and half marathon events. Since the summer of 2017 I had been experiencing post training calf tightness and this increasingly manifested in painful heels in the morning when getting up or after period of rest.
For some time I didn’t really address this as was still managing to train but by December 2017 the pain in the morning and calf tightness when running was so much that I had to stop running completely.
From seeing a physio I was told I was experiencing bilateral (both feet) plantar fasciitis.
How was it affecting your life?
Unable to train to my previous volume and intensity for months, it became clear I would not be able to compete at the World Master Championships in the Summer of 2018. In fact, the pain was so much that I didn’t compete in any races throughout 2018. This was very difficult to accept and greatly affected my mental wellbeing. Running is important to me for fitness but always plays a huge part of in my wellbeing. I am also a running coach and personal trainer and was increasingly unable to run with clients and the athletes I train. The injury was also therefore affecting my professional career.
What treatment had you tried before Shockwave?
During the first months of the symptoms I had regular sports massage and also used a foam roller at home. I had sessions of acupuncture and dry needling. Whilst all these treatments relieved symptoms in the immediate term, none seemed to ultimately reduce the discomfort once I increased my training volume.
What did the Shockwave treatment feel like?
Shockwave treatment was certainly not as uncomfortable as I had feared! I guess it is like deep tissue massage. There were times when this can be uncomfortable, but only for short periods, and has a similar ‘good pain’ feel to it.
There were post treatment symptoms where my heels would feel sore for a number of days after but this soon reduced. Gradually through the course of treatment it was clear the symptoms of plantar fasciitis were reducing the consequently the discomfort of the actual treatment also reduced.
Where are you now with your injury?
I have finished the treatment and I am now starting to increase my running volume again. Last week I competed in the Stubbington 10k. The first time I have been able to compete in a race since October 2017! Whilst no where near my previous form I was delighted to run the 10k in 40:51 which is very encouraging for 2019.
I now need to be sensible with small weekly increases of mileage and continue with strengthening exercises to my feet and calves and regular stretching and sports massage. But overall I am so pleased with the treatment and the effect it is had on my symptoms.
Do you have any advice for anyone considering Shockwave?
Do your own background reading to make sure you understand what the treatment does. Try to address your symptoms through other options first. But if you have a chronic and stubborn injury, Shockwave treatment should certainly be a serious option to explore. The goPhysio team will explain the whole process, and potential outcomes.
The entire team at goPhysio is highly professional and genuinely cares and is committed to getting you pain free and getting you back to doing what you love. I would encourage anyone to get in touch for a consultation and know you will be in first class hands.shockwave
Hampshire Shockwave Therapy is brought to you by goPhysio. It is a highly effective treatment for helping long standing, stubborn conditions that have failed respond to other treatments. These include plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinopathy, tennis and golfers elbow and patella tendinopathy, amongst others. It is a genuine and successful alternative to steroid injections and even surgery for many conditions.
If your life is being affected by a long term injury and you’d like to find out whether Shockwave Therapy could help you like it did Mike, complete this brief questionnaire and we’ll be in touch. You can also give us a call on 023 8025 3317 to find out more.