Semimembranosus – A seriously painful site

Hamstrings Are Very Painful

The inner hamstrings can present with a confusing pain referral pattern for both practitioner and patient

semimembranosus220-1Semimembranosus tendinopathy is hardly mentioned in the medical literature with very few research papers written on it. According to research papers it rarely occurs but it has been found in this clinic many times in the past 15 years, it appears at least every 3 months and sometimes a lot more frequently and it is difficult to treat.                                                           

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The infraspinatus is the cause of more visits to serious massage practitioners than any other muscle, when it is inflamed it feels like something serious is wrong, it is hard to believe it is only a muscle causing this amount of pain, pain radiates from the shoulder down the arm front and back and into the fingers. Infraspinatus muscle pain will not allow sleep of a night because of it’s continuous ache and when the sufferer moves onto their side during the night the increase in pain will wake them up, sometimes it just does not go away regardless of what position is adopted. The infraspinatus, teres minor, supraspinatus and subscapularis make up the four rotator cuff muscles. In the clinic I find most tears occur in the supraspinatus as it runs from the shoulder to it’s anchor point, the greater tubercle.Continue reading

Pectoralis Major The Heart Attack Pain Mimic

Before I write this I am assuming you have been to see your GP and do not have any cardiac problem.

In 1979 a very tall, very overweight fellow that  worked with me took what appeared to be a serious heart attack and was rushed to Canberra hospital where he was kept for a few days and then released. He was told to change his diet, avoid stress, exercise and lose weight which was like telling a duck it was not allowed to swim anymore, he couldn’t do it. He was very concerned because he had been told by a fortune teller a couple of years before that he would die from a heart attack at age 42 and he now was 42 years old.

After a month or so he was informed by Canberra that he had not had a heart attack it was a stress attack which is a very poorly defined diagnosis. Another fellow had been lifted off a trawler by helicopter and taken to Canberra with a suspected heart attack shortly after I moved from the Bega clinic to this Eden clinic. He also was told that he had not had a heart attack, which he found hard to believe because any exertion put him on the floor in a foetal position because of pain. Continue reading