Herbs and Acupuncture for Achelles Tendinitis


Chief Complaint: Achilles Tendinitis

Western Diagnosis: Achilles Tendinitis

Medical History: Patient, 62, with primary complaint of achilles heel tendinitis. She has been a ice skater for over twenty years and has only recently began feeling a fixed pain and swelling at KD3 to KD7 area.

She is slightly overweight with poor eating habits, yet has a good exercise regimine, exercising at least 4 times a week for at least 45 minutes.

Questioning exam: what type of treatments where tries? Cast isolation, Physical therapy, podiatric inserts, rest.

What makes it better? nothing

What do you do to keep the inflammation down? Ice.

Pulse exam: Pulse: deep and slow

Marked edema below the waist.

Tongue exam: tongue: Thick white coat, scalloped

OM Diagnosis: wind-Cold-Damp BI due to overexposure to cold.

Treatment Principle: expel Wind Cold damp

Point Prescription: local; KD3, KD7, ST36,

Distal; BL17, BL20, BL23, BL57

Moxa on related points

Herbal Formula: Du Huo Ji Sheng Tang (no modifications)

Hua Tuo Plaster

Lifestyle Prescription: Continue to walk.

Results: marked improvement within 3 weeks. patient began walking much better and did not experience any inflammation during workouts.

Began herbs after 4 weeks and is currently on the second week of herbs.

Synopsis: prognosis: since case is chronic (over 1 1/2 years) treatment will be slower, but prognosis is a complete recovery within 3 months.

Last modified: September 8, 2009  Tags: , ,  В·  Posted in: Musculo-Skeletal