From Hollywood To Headley Court: New Ways To Treat Tendon Injuries

A new research could change the lives of service personnel suffering from "Jumper's Knee", an acute tendon injury to the knee.

Headley Court's Academic Department of Rehabilitation is working on a project that could change the lives of service personnel with tendon problems.

Servicemen and women often suffer from "Jumper's Knee", an acute tendon injury, because of the impact they put on their joints though exercise.

The injury is usually accompanied by inflammation, which causes pain and limits mobility.

But this new research, run in conjunction with the University of Loughborough, could help to improve the treatment available. 

The technology is similar to the one used in Hollywood movies, and it involves retro-reflective markers and infrared cameras.

The research also involves an injection into the tendon to target vessel growth, which wouldn't happen in the joints of a normal person.  

Sqn Ldr Rob Barker-Davis, a Registrar in Rehabilitation Medicine involved in the project, said:

"We can't shy away from it, we need to be at the cutting edge of being able to provide the best rehabilitation and the best treatments that we possibly can, so that we can get people back fully fit and fully deployable"

The experiment is carried out as a controlled trial, which aims to reduce bias when testing a new treatment. In other words, while some participants receive the injection, some others receive a placebo.

One of the participants, Capt Ollie Clark, says that it is a 'frustrating injury that tends to be swept under the carpet ':

"Understanding it it's tricky, and a means of having a treatment that would hopefully nip it in the bud quickly would be fantastic for the service"