An Irishman shocked doctors after he suffered an agonising leg break usually seen as after a “high-speed traffic accident” while attempting a complicated yoga pose.
The Dublin-based man was attempting the Marichyasana posture B pose (the Marichi's Pose II) when his thigh-bone snapped in half with a loud crack.
According to a report published in the medical journal BMJ, the 38-year-old man had been practising yoga for two years when he suffered the injury.
“It was during this unassisted stance at his morning yoga class that he heard a loud cracking sound and felt immense pain in his femur," the report reads.
“He collapsed to the ground, was unable to weight bear and was immediately brought to hospital by ambulance.”
The complicated yoga pose requires yogis to put one foot onto the opposite thigh and to place this knee into the ‘inguinal crease’ below the abs, while lowering the forehead to the floor and moving the arms to meet at the back.
The injury is the first of its kind to be caused as a result of a yoga stance and is very unusual as the femur is the strongest, heaviest and longest bone in the human body.
The unfortunate man had normal bloods upon treatment at St James’ Hospital in Dublin but his physician Dr. Andrew Moriarty revealed that he had a dull pain two weeks prior to the break.
“The pain he felt in his thigh was likely a stress fracture, a warning of impending fracture if he continued to apply stress to this area. [The Injury] was likely due to repetitive stress on the thigh bone, combined with a weakened bone state, known as osteopenia,” Dr. Moriarty said.
The man, who remains identified, underwent surgery following the incident where a metal rod was inserted into the bone and held in place with screws at both ends of the thigh.
The man was unable to walk for five months but has now returned to yoga.