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Overuse injury of the Achilles tendon is a common entity in athletes. Currently, the usual treatment for chronic midportion Achilles tendinopathy is an eccentric exercise program. In most cases this gives satisfactory results, however there is a significant group of patients in which the exercise program is not sufficient. Prior to our study, three United Kingdom based studies have investigated the efficacy of High-Volume Image-Guided Injections (HVIGI's) in chronic midportion Achilles tendinopathy. They all showed promising results. However none of these studies had an adequate control group. This double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial will investigate the value of a High-Volume Image-Guided Injection in chronic midportion Achilles tendinopathy.
The primary objective of this research is to determine if the addition of topical GTN over 24 weeks to a 12 week exercise programme improves clinical outcomes more than placebo GTN for people with Achilles Tendinopathy. Pain in the Achilles tendon is a common condition seen by physiotherapists and doctors. It affects people involved in sports and those who are not. It can limit the ability to walk, hop, jump and run. If the pain persists for longer than 3 months it can become extremely difficult to abolish. As a result, people with this common condition can suffer from prolonged pain and often the pain will persist and affect everyday activities. While this is an easy injury to diagnose, it is not so easy to treat. Many treatments do exist, but often just provide short-term relief until the pain returns. Specific strengthening exercises have been shown to be beneficial in treating this condition. The current project will study Achilles tendon pain in Irish adults at Connolly Hospital, Dublin, and will take place from 2015 to 2019. In this study, there are two groups of patients. Both groups will perform an exercise program for 12 weeks. Physiotherapists will instruct them on how to perform the exercises. Each group will be given an ointment to place on the sore tendon using an applirule. This ointment will be applied daily for 6 months. One group will use an ointment containing nitroglycerin, the other group will use an ointment with no active ingredient. This is called a placebo. The patients will apply the ointment daily for 6 months. The patients will be assessed at the start of the program and after 6, 12 and 24 weeks. Our main question is to see whether this exercise program when combined with a nitroglycerin ointment applied directly over the sore tendon can improve the outcomes and recovery time for people who suffer with Achilles tendon pain.
The purpose of this study is to compare the changes in pain and self-perceived function between two different treatments for Achilles tendinopathy: the Astym® protocol (a form of soft tissue mobilization using instruments) and a specific exercise protocol that involves strengthening the calf and Achilles tendon. Astym® (A-stim) is not an acronym, but rather stands for "A Stimulation" of the body's healing response, describing the physiologic process which occurs with Astym treatment. Astym is the trademark name of a non-invasive treatment where instruments are applied topically to locate unhealthy soft tissue, and to transfer mild to moderate pressure to the underlying soft tissue structures. The aim of Astym treatment is to eliminate scar tissue and stimulate tissue regeneration. Both the principal investigator and co-investigator have been trained and certified in administering the Astym treatment. The specific exercise protocol will involve exercises that strengthen the Achilles and calf through eccentric exercise. Eccentric exercise is a form of exercise where the benefit comes from applying a controlled lengthening stress to the muscle and tendon.