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Case Study #4:

Traumatic injury - Ruptured Achilles tendon


Adam B., a 33 year old Caucasian male, suffered from a Ruptured Achilles tendon as a result of a sporting event. In addition to Adam’s severe physical pain, he was also experiencing extreme emotional stress over his injury. Being a healthy male who depended on his strength and physicality for his lively hood, he was both anxious and fearful as to the long-term result of such an injury. His emotional stress escalated with the knowledge of the Western medical approach (that included surgery) and mounting stories of people who never recovered from this type of injury.


At our first meeting, Adam had no control of his left foot. His calf muscle hung on his bones as Adam reported in shock “like a loose piece of meat”. He was also extremely fearful that he would never fully recover and suffer from a permanent limp for the rest of his life. Upon reviewing Adam’s condition, I tried to reassure him that his injury was not severe and that he in fact would make a complete recovery. Adam committed to three treatments the first week of his injury.


During the first week, Adam’s leg was still painful. However, he did notice, that after each treatment that the pain was decreasing. By the end of the week, Adam noticed some slight control of his foot, and was able to move about independently with the help of crutches. He decided to continue with five more treatments over the next three weeks.


After the second week, Adam’s pain had significantly decreased and was able to gain more control of his foot. Additionally, while extremely slight, his left calf began showing signs of some definition.


After the third week,  Adam was able to walk around without the use of crutches. While he had an obvious limp, his control of his foot continued to improve, the definition in his calf continued to increase as well as his overall leg strength.


After the fourth week, Adam was able to walk slowly without any type of limp. Additionally, his foot control, calf definition and overall strength continued to improve. However, upon completion of the fourth week, Adam was faced with an unexpected relocation and was unable to receive additional treatments.


Follow-up note:   With his move, Adam was forced to use his leg to lift and move very heavy furniture and equipment. From this point on, while Adam tried to “go easy” on his injury, his life became very hectic and marked his return to full-time employment. Additionally, due to his demanding schedule, he did not receive any further treatments or therapy for his leg. However, one year after his injury, Adam was delighted and informed me that the treatments had “worked” and he had made a complete recovery.