I have had chronic tibialis posterior tendonitis in both legs for four months, and have been out of training (I am a sprinter) for six weeks now..
However, my condition has not improved at all in the last four weeks. It feels like it's about 50% healed, and the healing proccess seems to be arrested at this point. Physical therapy has been mostly unhelpful and I have stopped going.
I want to try to improve blood flow to the area passively (without stressing the injured tendon with exercises). I have tried showering the affected area with hot water, but the heat doesn't seem to penetrate deep enough.
Thus, my thoughts at this point are ULTRASOUND and EMS. These are the only aspect of physical therapy that did seem helpful, but the limitations on durations and frequency of these treatments prevented me from recieving much benefit as I was only able to schedule appointments once or twice per week week.
So, I am willing to purchase either an ultrasound unit or an EMS unit, or both if it can be done for under $200 (which I doubt).
This is where the knowledge and expertise of the congregation here come in. My questions are:
Which modality would be superior for expediating the healing of my damaged tibialis posterior tendons? Note that I am not interested in using EMS for strengthening purposes- I just want to improve blood flow to the injury site.
What specifications in machines of both types (particularly EMS) should I look for, given a spending cap of $200? Again, just for the purpose of improving blood flow, not for performance enhancement.
Where can I get these machines without a prescription?
I found a cheap, generic 1-3 MHz ultrasound unit on ebay for $150:
Would this be useful? There are more like it available if I don't snatch this one within the 12 hours left on the auction.
PLEASE HELP!!!! My legs are desperate.
Thanks in advance.....