Members visit our Clinics for a number of reasons: whether they’ve been recently injured, they’re suffering from regular aches and pains, or they need treatment to help with a chronic condition. Two of the most common ailments we see at the Clinics are ligament and tendon injuries. And while there are a number of treatment options that our practitioners will consider, we often find that Members’ health is improved with bracing, wrapping, or shockwave therapy.
But what are these options? Should you be considering one of them? Let’s take a deep dive into bracing, wrapping, and shockwave therapy and highlight which injuries/conditions are most improved by these treatment options.
Bracing & Wrapping
Bracing and wrapping are treatment options that increase joint stability, improve alignment, and reduce excessive movements (like bending or twisting) that can aggravate an injury, cause pain, and/or prevent healing. These braces and wraps can help manage your pain during sports by compressing the affected joints. Braces can be customized specifically for you (oftentimes done for knee braces) or non-custom.
Braces and wraps are often thought of in two ways; they are for: stability immediately following an injury, or long-term use to manage pain. For example, if you tear or rupture a ligament, your doctor would typically recommend getting a brace as your ligament heals. On the other hand, if you suffer from osteoarthritis, your doctor would like recommend wearing a brace daily to manage your pain and offer support and stability.
Which injuries/conditions can be improved by bracing/wrapping?
- Ligament injuries (LCL, MCL, ACL, meniscus, etc.)
- Tendon injuries (acute tendonitis, tennis elbow, etc.)
All of our Clinics are pleased to offer custom knee braces to Members. Our practitioners will take your measurements and send in the order, the manufacturers will then put together the knee brace based upon these measurements; then, when your brace is received at the Club, we’ll have you back in to make sure it fits well. At the Cambridge Club and Sport Medicine Clinic, our custom knee braces are DonJoy Products, a worldwide leader in providing customized knee braces. While at the Adelaide Health Clinic, we order Bledsoe/Breg custom braces for Members.
For non-customized braces or wraps, please contact our practitioners. We will meet with you, discuss your various options – highlighting the benefits and prices of each, and then once you’ve selected the ideal product for you, we will order it. Typically, we will receive your order within a couple of days and you’ll be able to pick it up the next time you visit the Club.
Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves creating a series of intense, but very short energy waves, which are directly applied to an injury. These treatments promote accelerated recovery of injured soft tissue, bone, heel, and joint pain. It is an effective treatment option for many who are suffering from an injury that their body simply cannot heal from (i.e. chronic injuries), and injuries that were not treated early enough.
A single shockwave therapy session is equal to a few massages, but it is not a treatment that should exist in a silo. For example, if you have a chronically tight muscle, massage may not be able to loosen it; in 1-2 shockwave therapy sessions, the muscle can loosen and you can keep it loose with regular massages. Additionally, when shockwave therapy is used as a treatment for tendon injuries, we create a 3-month treatment plan. During this time, you will have 3-6 shockwave treatments exactly one week apart, with normal massage therapy as needed after the shocks.
Which injuries/conditions can be improved by shockwave therapy?
- Tendon injuries (i.e. plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, tennis elbow, etc.)
- Stress fractures
- Scar tissue treatment
- Non-healing ulcers
All three of our Clinics – at the Cambridge Club, the Sport Medicine Clinic, and the Adelaide Health Clinic – offer shockwave therapy. Therapy sessions are short – usually 20-30 minutes in length – and provide successful relief of chronic pain and restore mobility painlessly. Permanent relief typically begins about 72 hours following your treatment.
If you are in the process of rehabbing an injury or are experiencing pain, please reach out to the practitioners at our Clinics. Whether bracing, wrapping, or shockwave therapy will help, or whether there is another treatment option that better suits you and your injury/condition, our team will help get you back up on your feet.
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Sharlton Hercules, Personal Trainer, RMT, & Sports Injury Therapist , The Cambridge Club & Sport Medicine Clinic