Reflection: 28th April 2021 hours: 2
Today I had a patient in who was suffering from really painful tightness in his calves which he described as feeling like the circulation was cut off to them by string being tied round them. The patient appears to be overtraining upper body from describing his programme which could be stopping his body from recovering sufficiently (Kreher & Schwartz, 2012). He never trains lower body so may have developed a weakness in the calves which is prominent when running.
What I was thinking and feeling and what was good or bad:
I did not feel like I knew many lower leg pathologies other than achilles tendinopathy, rupture, calf strain or tear and none of these appeared to be the cause. This made me realise I need to learn more about pathologies in this area, especially compartment syndrome.
What else I could have done/areas for improvement:
Look more into calf related pathologies and compartment syndrome to broaden my knowledge in this area. Look to see if there is any research surrounding suitable treatment modalities aside from stretching and home-based exercises for a potential diagnosis of this issue.
Kreher, J. B., & Schwartz, J. B. (2012). Overtraining syndrome: a practical guide. Sports health, 4(2), 128-138.