Joakim Noah: Could The Chicago Bulls’ Center Use Shockwave Therapy?

March 2nd, 2010 by Half Volley Leave a reply »
Chicago Bulls’ Center Joakim Noah has been ruled out "indefinitely" with plantar fasciitis , an injury that is causing a major headache to the Bulls’ medical staff.

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when the ligament that attaches from your toes to your heel foot becomes over-stretched and results in small tears. In extreme conditions, the ligament can tear completely.

The injury is relatively common in sports which include regular jumping and makes it extremely painful to walk. Fellow sufferers have included Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker, Toni Kukoc, Andres Nocioni, Taj Gibson, the White Sox’s Carlos Quentin, and current Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro.

Noah’s short-term future is in some doubt, with doctors divided over whether he should continue to play with the injury or rest until the pain subsides. But some podiatrists are suggesting shockwave therapy, a treatment that has unknown effectiveness.

Shockwave therapy is essentially a small, controlled explosion which creates a sonic pulse. These pulses have a small amount of force and can be directed into the body for different medical purposes.


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