Thanks to Inés for sending in this article and the following translation (do not reproduce without her permission). I admit this confuses me…I thought tendinitis was always chronic.
“Nadal has no longer a chronic injury” by Juan José Mateo as translated by Inés
The doctors of the tennis player, who reappears in Toronto, “optimistic” after his knee treatment
Those were two quick trips that can change a career. “We are optimistic,” explain medical sources, familiar with the two visits that Rafael Nadal made this summer to the clinic La Esperanza in Vitoria, where the player treated his battered knees, taking advantage of the month’s scheduled break between his victory at Wimbledon and the Toronto tournament, which starts today. “The progress has been good: from diagnosis of chronic tendinopathy, with which he came, it has turns out that the tendinitis he had, is not chronic. In medicine it is impossible to ensure that something is healed forever, but the prevision, however, it’s that with this he is fine and there should not be a need for re-treatment. ”
These are injections of autologous plasma, rich in growth factors that are introduced directly into the damaged tendons. This is what Nadal has suffered – “A brave,” describe medical sources, so painful is the treatment – to overcome the sharp pains he felt in the quadriceps tendon of his left knee and the patellar tendon in his right knee. And this, two express trips to Vitoria, round trip in one day to see doctor Mikel Sanchez, with only having time to eat on one occasion. As tight was the doctor’s agenda, so swift were the patient’s trips – is what is in the mind of the champion when he comes to Toronto, (as) he begins to prepare his first tournament after the magical Roland Garros – Wimbledon double and he talks.
“I feel good,” said the number one, who will play the doubles with Serbian Novak Djokovic, the second best player of the planet, and that he will be looking for the U.S. Open, from August 30, the only major title missing. “I have confidence in my tennis,” Nadal said before his single’s debut in Canada, probably on Wednesday, to which he comes “a bit tight (of shape) “, because he has only been training three weeks: “Now I am thinking about my tennis, not my body. I’m in perfect condition. ”
“The left knee has progressed very well,” hospital sources confirmed, who know firsthand the joints of the player, still yet fearful, like everyone, of a treacherous slip. “The pain has really gone down. We stopped the treatment because of the positive progress” they said. “The real test is the American tour because it is on concrete, the more aggressive surface. On grass and clay, the knees have responded well. Now he will come for medical revision, which is to get resonance and ultrasound, but the prevision is that with this, he will be fine”.
The real test is the cement, aggressive file that punishes the joints while it corrodes the shoes. The real test is the U.S. Open. And the real test is to lead in a turbulent time in tennis, that Nadal has as the only secure value.
When 2010 started, Nadal was a cornered tennis player. He had played the Australian Open, he had retired with an injured right knee and he had accumulated 11 months without winning a title. At the turn of 8 months, the scenario is radically different. Nadal is the number one. Nadal has split a whole month between two trips to Vitoria, several days of rest in Ibiza, Menorca and Majorca and a mini preseason in Manacor. Nadal has done all that, his relatives dismayed by the pain suffered during the treatment, susceptible to the cancellation of any arranged tournament, with only one goal: on the horizon appears New York, the dream of the U.S. Open and the consolidation of his influence in the Olympus of tennis. The Toronto tournament starts, and Nadal plays it thinking in the only Grand missing in his list of winners