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Old injuries – to treat or not to treat???

Many people have injuries that they leave untreated. They break a bone, have it ‘fixed’ through surgery and then carry on with their lives. Years later they have aches and pains that they wouldn’t think could have stemmed from original injury. Does this sound familiar to you?

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A couple of weeks ago a patient came to OsteoWellbeing complaining of pain under his right foot. Whilst taking his case history it became apparent he had torn his Achilles tendon on his LEFT foot five years previously, however the patient claimed this was no longer causing him any issues.

Ankles are one of the most common joints to injure whether you are an athlete or not and the scar tissue that forms whether you have strained, sprained or fractured it is made from very thick, hard fibrous tissue that has very little movement. This can in turn make it difficult to then move the ankle joint if you do not have treatment to break down this scar tissue and keep your joint flexible, it very likely the injury will cause other compensatory issues throughout the body that can appear years later as apparent in this case.

After assessing the patients gait and posture, it became clear his left ankle was not moving as he walked meaning he was putting more pressure onto his right leg.
Scar tissue is not as strong as normal tissue meaning that the joint the tissue is surrounding will be weaker. The patient made it clear that he felt his left ankle was weaker than his right side hence why he probably subconsciously puts more weight onto his right leg.

The treatment used for his injury was a mix of:
– deep soft tissue massage of the gastrocnemius muscle and Achilles tendon to break down the scar tissue
– dry needling of the Achilles tendon to help release further tension in the tendon
– articulation and traction of the left ankle joint to improve range of motion within the joint
– muscle energy technique of the gastrocnemius muscle to help relieve any further pull on the Achilles tendon

After one treatment of his LEFT ankle joint, the LEFT Achilles tendon and the scar along that Achilles tendon, the range of motion in the left ankle was much better meaning the patient was walking better and the pain under his right foot had disappeared.

Many people leave old injuries to plague them for the rest of their lives as they feel there is nothing they can do about it any longer. A very common example of this is whiplash injuries! People who have been in road traffic accidents, no matter how minor, should always get their musculoskeletal system checked out afterwards as they may not feel any pain at the time but this does not mean the muscles and bones have not been affected. Trying to treat whiplash years after it has happened is a much longer process than trying to treat it days after it has happened.

If any of this sounds familiar to you or a friend or relative then book an appointment today! Do not suffer in silence or feel you have to live with aches and pains – you don’t! Go to our contact page to email, call or text for an appointment!

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