By Ann King
A SPORTS injury clinic is to expand after it designed and launched an innovative new tool for health practitioners to tackle patients' back pain.
Sub-4 Health, based in Cellarhead, has developed the Digital Pelvic Inclinometer (DPI).
It allows health experts to understand and measure the role of the pelvis in the development of repetitive injury including lower back and spinal pain.
This means conditions can then be treated far more effectively.
Sub-4 was launched 10 years ago by former UK indoor running champion Clifton Bradeley.
He said: "Lower back pain and other repetitive injuries have a massive implication for lost workdays and cost industry hundreds of millions of pounds each year.
"We believe that the DPI is a medical breakthrough in back pain care and a unique discovery in clinical biomechanics, which could be applied to industry, sport, general medicine, the military, developing countries and emerging markets."
Planning permission has been granted for Sub-4 to expand its workshops and offices at the former Bowling Green pub.
Clifton, who is working with Dr Duncan Chadwick on the project, said the extra space was needed by the business, which employs eight people, to develop and manufacture the product.
Sub-4 also offers a range of musculoskeletal services including physiotherapy, podiatry, minor surgery, biomechanics and gait analysis.
Patients come from all over the world and include Premiership footballers, Olympic athletes and members of the Saudi royal family.
Clifton, of Leek, added: "Our customers are practitioners, academics and experts all over the UK. There are over 100,000 practitioners in musculoskeletal medicine in the UK alone.
"The Digital Pelvic Inclinometer is considered an important development in this realm of health care and a must-have instrument to stay at the cutting edge. This is very exciting because this product has worldwide appeal. There are millions of practitioners in the Western and Asian markets."
Clifton has performed some 15,000 biomechanical assessments over the last 18 years. His clients range in age from five to 85.
This month, Sub-4 is to tour the country to discuss sports biomechanics and share clinical practices.