Tim has always been an active person, loving all sports from an early age, encouraged by his parents, and inspired by his Grandfather’s involvement in Boxing; he began practising his discipline Shotokan Karate at the age of 7, continuing to grow in confidence and develop in his chosen discipline.
In September 2020, Tim was in peak condition with his sights set on his next competition in Milan, Italy. During a sparring session, Tim ruptured his ACL and MCL – requiring full reconstruction with the support of allograft tissue. Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Tim Spalding carried out Tim’s surgery at Warwickshire Nuffield Hospital.
Before his injury, Tim regularly used ice therapy to help aches and pains after training, so he understands the benefit of promoting healing and reducing inflammation. He tells us of the dread previously putting his injured ankle into a bucket of ice and cold water and the awkwardness this usually poses in keeping it submerged for the optimum time and containing the ice and water.
In significant pain on returning home from the hospital, Tim tells us, ‘I couldn’t wait to get the VPULSE® on my knee; the compression along with the cold therapy provided better pain relief than the medication’. The device is quiet when in use, so he could easily sleep in the early days of his recovery while using the VPULSE®; the soft knee pad protects the skin from the pinch of the ice-cold, along with the compression the cold goes deep into the tissues.