Exposure to cold temperatures can lead to limited physical activity, which can increase the risk of turning minor injuries into high-level injuries. This makes it equally important for physicians and doctors to provide treatments that are comfortable and carry low risks.
1. Achilles Tendinopathy
Achilles tendinopathy is a deformation of a specific tendon that connects our calf bones to our heel bones, also known as the Achilles tendon. In simpler terms, the deformation of this tendon can cause limitations in our daily activities. Achilles tendinitis arises from excessive strain on the tendon, whereas Achilles tendinosis is a result of tendon degeneration. Both of these conditions can lead to pain, stiffness, and swelling in the areas.
Cold temperatures can lead to increased muscle and tendon stiffness, especially in patients who are already experiencing a bit of pain. It’s important to guide your patients to prioritize cautious walks and wear appropriate safety gear after treatment.
2. Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
Despite its name, tennis elbow is not just a condition that affects players. In fact, it is a condition that can generally affect anyone due to the overuse of the outer part of the elbow.
Winter leads to low physical movements, which can affect blood flow in the affected areas. This can lead to extreme pain and a slow healing process. On top of that, winter activities like skiing and snowboarding may involve repetitive arm movements, which can make pain more pronounced. However, it’s important to prioritize and educate your patients about the healing process and how rest can contribute to increased mobility.
3. Hip Bursitis
When a bursa, which is a tiny sac filled with fluid located near the hip joint, becomes inflamed, it can lead to hip bursitis. Basically, a bursa’s task is to reduce friction between muscles, tendons, and bones during daily activities.
During winter, direct trauma to the hip can cause inflammation of the bursa. This can be caused by a sudden bump or fall. However, after the treatment, individuals may notice differences in walking patterns for some time, which improves over time. Doctors can also advise patients to prioritize rest for some time in order to reduce pain and increase mobility.
Shockwave Therapy: An Alternative Treatment Option
Shockwave therapy may promote healing and improve blood flow to the affected areas. This leads to less pain and improved mobility after just a few sessions. This means that patients suffering from winter injuries can receive immediate treatment and can start seeing benefits right away.