An athlete with previous injuries

Ms. D., 36 years old, was a professional longdistance runner. Five years ago she had surgery because of Achilles tendinitis in the left heel. It took 2 years for her to recover to the point of resuming training, but the muscles of her left leg had developed a tendency toward delayed-onset muscle soreness: She would feel pain in the lower left abdominal muscles just above the inguinal ligament while running downhill. The routine screening examination revealed that she felt this pain whenever she overextended the left leg. Further examination revealed sensitive and sore areas on the left quadriceps muscles. The treatment included systemic needling of the primary homeostatic acu-reflex points, as well as the symptomatic acu-reflex points on the lower back, hip abductor, and iliopsoas muscles to relieve hip stress. Symptomatic treatment focused on quadriceps, hamstring muscles, adductor muscles, the iliotibial band, and rectus abdominis muscles.

After treatment, there was no pain even during an overextension test. The author suggested to Ms. D. that she stop training for 2 days and and then resume training at a lower level for 1 week. Five days after the initial treatment, she received a second, similar treatment. In the following week, she gradually increased the intensity of her training. Ms. D. frequently felt some symptoms on the left leg, and she comes for screening examination and treatment regularly.

New frustration followed. Ms. D. resumed her training of 85 miles every week for 4 months without any symptoms, while maintaining weekly treatment. As winter came, she was training more in cold temperatures. One day she felt excruciating pain in the left lower abdominal region, but only when she ran downhill. Medical examination did not reveal any tissue problems, but postural screening demonstrated painful trigger points on the quadriceps femo-ris muscle and all adductor muscles. The left pubic tubercle was also very painful. In addition case study ii

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