Acupuncture to Treat Running Injuries

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Running is a great workout, and of course, it can bring with it the joyful “runner’s high” that so many athletes prize. The problem is that many runners also must deal with a host of injuries, from sore muscles, the common “runner’s knee” and an assortment of hip and ankle injuries.

What’s a runner to do? An injury can put a stop to training, but serious runners who have a marathon coming up don’t want to be stopped in their tracks by injuries. That’s why Traditional Chinese Medicine is become very popular with runners who want to heal, not just take handfuls of Ibuprofen.

Acupuncture For Running Injuries

Acupuncture uses needles at specific points that are experiencing pain to stimulate an “opposite” area in the body. This technique can help to ease pain, (from running or other athletic workouts) and it happens in a holistic way (with no side effects.) For example, an opposite might involve stimulating the left elbow with needles to deal with pain in the right knee. The approach is philosophically different than how western medicine works, but it is highly effective.

Acupuncture for running injuries works by balancing the energy of the entire body. “Tung” style acupuncture uses an imaging of the entire body that works with the limbs, the ears and the scalp. This process also uses acupuncture on the back and the chest for certain conditions.

Acupuncture offers benefits that are are well known, and the treatment is becoming more popular. What’s important is that anyone seeking treatment find an experienced and skilled acupuncturist.

The Benefits of Acupuncture for Runners

Acupuncture is a highly beneficial style of treatment for runners, as it works by balancing the body’s natural energy. This can help aid in sleep and help the athlete to repair their muscles while in training. The beauty of acupuncture is that it can help top level athletes who are training for marathons, and also help casual runners who are doing their first 5k run. With regular treatments runners can recover from injury and keep themselves in top shape.

Many acupuncture practitioners also work with muscle massage, plasters and herbal treatments to help soothe muscles and aid in the circulation of the blood. All of this will help promote healing and strengthen tired muscles. The many benefits of acupuncture include a holistic, whole body approach to healing. It’s all incredibly beneficial and a great way for athletes to stay strong and completely healthy.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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