Medical experts have expressed their dismay at the “extreme” measures Rafael Nadal said he was prepared to take to play in time for Wimbledon. Nadal won his 14th French Open title and 22nd Grand Slam title last weekend, overcoming lingering pain in his left foot and beating Norwegian Casper Ruud. Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon 2022 Tickets from our website.

The Spaniard’s chronic foot injury required injections of pain throughout the match. So much so that Nadal claimed his foot went numb in the French Open final.

Rafael Nadal said he was prepared to take to play in time for Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal was prepared to take to play in time for Wimbledon

Nadal’s lingering pain in his foot is reportedly due to Mueller-Weiss syndrome. Which was partially relieved by surgery in 2021 but still plagues the 36-year-old.

Nadal, who was desperate for Wimbledon later this month, said he was considering switching to a treatment called radiofrequency ablation often used to treat back pain.

The process involves targeting and sometimes destroying the nerve fibres that carry pain signals to the brain.

Pain expert Dr Thomas Haag has questioned the effectiveness of the treatment, warning that there is little evidence. That it is effective in treating Nadal’s condition.

He told The Telegraph that he would not treat Nadal personally if asked.

“To my knowledge, no studies have established the efficacy of radiofrequency therapy for this condition,” Haag said.

“That’s extraordinary when you think that we are dealing with the greatest we know in tennis.”

“Those nerves have got sensory as well as motor function. So destroying these nerves using thermal RF would mean that he would risk losing function and I very much doubt that anyone would want to offer this sort of treatment to him.”

“If Nadal knocked at my door I would say that to treat these nerves safely. I would do pulsed radiofrequency treatment only. Which uses lower temperatures to suppress pain, and has had mixed results, but does not destroy the nerve.”

Rafael Nadal going to great lengths to be ready for Wimbledon 2022

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Nadal though, with another doctor suggesting some potential for relief.

Former Chelsea FC club doctor Dr Ralph Rogers, who is now a consultant in regenerative orthopaedics and sports medicine, said radiofrequency ablation could be effective.

However, neither he nor Dr Haag said the treatment would provide anything more than temporary relief. Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon Final Tickets from our website.

Rafael Nadal going to great lengths to be ready for Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal going to great lengths to be ready for Wimbledon

“I don’t think it’s risky doing radiofrequency ablation on this condition, because it’s not aggressive,” Dr Rogers said.

“You’re only scrambling the nerve signals, you’re not destroying the nerve. It is not rocket science, I’ve been doing it for years.”

“It’s slightly aggressive, non-surgical. It lasts, you can repeat it. If it works, you may get 6 or 12 months of pain relief.”

Nadal has had an exciting season so far, having recovered from surgery last year. In the final of the Australian Open in January, Nadal, who turned 36 on Friday, defeated Daniil Medvedev in two sets to take his second title.

A few months ago, he even considered retiring after a resurgence of the foot problem that has plagued his entire career, forcing him to miss much of the 2021 season, including Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open.

Disturbing images of Rafael Nadal before Wimbledon 2022

Just three weeks after Wimbledon, disturbing images have surfaced of Rafael Nadal on crutches, with the Spaniard being treated for a persistent foot injury.

Nadal shocked the tennis world by winning his 14th French Open title and 22nd Grand Slam trophy by playing with a sore foot.

The Spaniard’s chronic foot injury required injections of pain throughout the match, so much so that Nadal claimed his foot went numb in the French Open final.

Nadal’s lingering pain in his foot is reportedly due to Mueller-Weiss syndrome, which was partially relieved by surgery in 2021 but still plagues the 36-year-old. Nadal admits he will do whatever it takes to get used to Wimbledon, but not the sedating shot he did at the French Open.

With much talk of the end of Nadal’s career, many fans fear this could be the last time they’ll see him at SW19. Disturbingly, Nadal appeared on crutches in Mallorca just two days after winning his 22nd Grand Slam trophy after undergoing surgery to help with his foot. Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon 2022 Tickets from our website.

Disturbing images have surfaced of Rafael Nadal on crutches
Disturbing images have surfaced of Rafael Nadal on crutches

The images will only raise concerns about whether Nadal will be able to make it to Wimbledon in time.

Despite some apparent pain, Nadal stopped by to sign some memorabilia for some of the fans.

Earlier, Nadal spoke about his surgery and how it will help his foot move forward.

“It would be radiofrequency injections into the nerves and try to burn a little bit off the nerves and have the effect that I’m having on the nerves now for a long time,” he said.

“We’re going to try that. If it works, I’ll move on. If that doesn’t work, that’s another story. For example, I wonder if I’m ready to do something big. But I’m not sure if it’s going to go well.”

“Major surgery does not guarantee that I will be competitive again and it will take a long time to recover (which is a risk). So let’s take it to step by step, as I have done during my tennis career.”

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After winning the French Open, Nadal made it clear that he would only play at Wimbledon if he was relatively pain-free.

“If my body is ready for Wimbledon, I will be at Wimbledon. Wimbledon is not a match I want to miss,” he told a press conference.

Nadal added that he will wait to decide whether he can play at Wimbledon after treatment.

“Wimbledon is the top priority, it’s always been the top priority. If I can get anti-inflammatories, yes,” Nadal said.

“Playing with numbing injections, I don’t want to put myself in that position again. It may happen one day, but no, it’s not a life philosophy I want to follow.”

“Let’s see. I’ve always been a positive person and always expect things to go in the right direction. Let’s have faith, let’s be positive, and let’s see what’s going on.”

Despite his foot injury, Nadal has received worldwide acclaim for his historic win. Roger Federer and Serena Williams both responded to his 22nd Grand Slam title. Wimbledon 2022 fans can buy Wimbledon Tickets from our website.

Emma Raducanu says she isn't sure she's healthy enough to play at Wimbledon
Emma Raducanu says she isn’t sure she’s healthy enough to play at Wimbledon

Emma Raducanu ‘don’t know if she will play Wimbledon after her ‘freak’ injury

U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu says she isn’t sure she’s healthy enough to play at Wimbledon this year after suffering a “deformed” injury during Tuesday’s WTA 250 event in England’s Nottingham.

The 19-year-old had to withdraw from her match against Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic. Which appeared to be a problem on her part.

World number three Alexander Zverev has had surgery for torn ligaments in his right ankle. Which will almost certainly keep him out of Wimbledon.

The injury forced Zverev to withdraw from the French Open against eventual champion Rafael Nadal, screaming in pain as he appeared to have sprained his ankle.

The grasscourt majors are scheduled to begin on June 27, and while Zverev is unlikely to recover. Raducanu said she “doesn’t know” whether she will play.

“First game, total curiosity. I think I drew something. I don’t know exactly what happened.So, I just came off the field,” Raducanu told reporters after the game.”

“It was on one side of my body. The feeling, I don’t know, could be in my ribs or something.”

“It could just be seizures and cramps, and then it’s really bad for a few days. But I don’t know. I can’t diagnose myself, so I’ll check.”

Raducanu, who made the last 16 at Wimbledon last year, also complained of a series of health issues she has struggled with since winning her first Grand Slam. She has not been able to stay consistent since her breakout year and is currently without a coach.

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