The distortions

distortions osteopathy Genova

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Joint sprains are a very common event and involve all segments of the population but they have a higher incidence among sportsmen because of their predominantly mechanical nature.

The most affected jointsare the ankles but very often also the knees, elbows, wrists and fingers, especially of the hands.

Osteopathy is very useful for this kind of problem because it has a large amount of technical solutions to balance the proper joint mobility at all levels.

distortions osteopathy Genova
The sprained ankle
Mancini-Morlacchi, Clinica ortopedica
Piccin, pag.327

These are, in my opinion, extremely significant cases.

The first concerns a patient aged 65 that had a distortion on the second finger of the right hand, at the level of the proximal interphalangeal.

The patient, after having shut her finger in the door, continued to complain of pain locally and she was no longer able either to extend or to flex the finger. The finger also showed a slight swelling but it appeared intact radiographically.

Osteopathic examination showed a shift side of the second phalanx compared to the first: after the correction with the direct technique, the joint immediately started to work.

In this case, the traumatic event was undoubtedly the cause of the osteopathic lesion.

The second case concerns a young soccer player that had a sprained right ankle. In reality, a relapsing distortion and always on the same side.

Osteopathic examination showed the left maxillary bone in internal rotation with a dynamic twist on the cranial right, also the first metatarsal bone lesion in right of superiority.

Unlike the first case, here the osteopathic framework base was not caused by the distortion but was present previously.

In fact the most likely hypothesis is that mechanical disruption acquired years before was actually the primary cause of a non-physiological plantar support, and this justifies the high incidence of distortions always on the same joint.

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In fact, the patient reported having undergone a tooth extraction some years before just on the left side: this hasl almost certainly triggered a wound chain that went downward,and that from the maxillary bone,came through the bands to disrupt the mechanics of the right foot.

Once the injury has been corrected, the pain decreased rather quickly.

The mobility on the other hand required a longer time for recovery as a structure subjected to repeated trauma usually develops rather important organic local adaptations or, in some cases, permanent injury of some parts, an example is the anterior talar fibular ligament (EAP), which is often damaged.

In the event of impairment of important structures, local therapies may be useful but may not, however, leave out of consideration a global inspection of the skeletal mechanics because if you do not correct the cause due to which the parts have been damaged it is perfectly useless to repair them: the discomfort will continue to recur.

The osteopathic correction therefore, not only intervenes on the contingent problem, but it also protects the body from relapse and possible developments in chronic- degenerative sense.