One article on PainSci cites Brindisino 2021: 35 Surprising Causes of Pain
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Cyclists get plenty of overuse injuries and are usually referred to physical therapists for any persistent pain that doesn’t have an obvious medical cause. In this case, a 57-year-old recreational amateur cyclist had been suffering thigh and leg pain for two months. The patient failed a couple basic tests for endurance of the leg muscles — painful and weak — and had a reduced blood pressure in the lower limb. A blockage in a leg artery was identified and repaired by a surgeon, and the patient fully recovered within three months.
“Clinicians should consider vascular conditions, even in endurance sports.”
~ Paul Ingraham
original abstract †Abstracts here may not perfectly match originals, for a variety of technical and practical reasons. Some abstacts are truncated for my purposes here, if they are particularly long-winded and unhelpful. I occasionally add clarifying notes. And I make some minor corrections.
Background: Cycling is one of the most popular sports worldwide, and cycling-related injuries often involve overuse of the musculoskeletal system. However, cyclists who have been referred to a physical therapist may also present with nonmusculoskeletal conditions.
Case Presentation: A 57-year-old recreational amateur cyclist presented with a 2-month history of thigh and leg pain. At the clinical examination, a positive pedal plantar flexion test, a reduced 6-minute walk test, and a reduced ankle brachial index confirmed a vascular impairment. Therefore, the patient was referred to a vascular surgeon, and his symptoms were resolved with angioplasty.
Outcome and Follow-Up: After 3 months of physical therapy treatment, all screening tests showed normal values. The ankle brachial index value for the left lower extremity was normal. The Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey and the Vascular Quality of Life questionnaire showed large improvements in all domains.
Discussion: Clinicians should consider vascular conditions, even in endurance sports, to differentiate between musculoskeletal and nonmusculoskeletal conditions and refer patients to the appropriate health care professional.
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