Q. I have had a sports related injury since September 2011. During a football match I felt a tear in my upper leg / groin area.
I haven't noticed any information on your website regarding this area - so is it possible to treat using accupuncture?
I look forward to your response...
A. There is no doubt that acupuncture is used quite frequently by traditional acupuncturists, doctors and physiotherapists in direct treatment of muscle tears. The points which they use, where needles are inserted, are often the same, even though the theories on which the selection is based are often very different.
Heretical as this may sound to some of our members, where sports injuries are concerned it is often essential to be treated by someone who specialises in working with athletes or sportsmen because there are often additional exercises and manipulations which will aid recovery and advice about what to do and not do which will speed up healing. Many BAcC members do actually have some background in sports medicine, but there are also a significant number of physios who use acupuncture alongside conventional sports medicine to great effect.
Your best course of action is to start by finding out who local to you offers sports medicine, and then to ask who within that network uses acupuncture alongside conventional skills. We have no doubt that traditional acupuncture alone would be able to resolve the problem, but there will be a large component of recovery management in getting you back to full fitness, and this is an acquired skill.