Acupuncture and Neck Stiffness

Acupuncture and Neck Stiffness Blog  Stiff Neck Acupuncture

Countless people all around the world suffer from neck stiffness. Stiff neck treatment, however, is readily available for people who have to live with the discomfort. Stiff neck treatment is often a gateway to acupuncture, a Chinese practice that can be beneficial for many types of ailments.

Acupuncture can be extremely successful in the management of acute stiff neck situations. If a person has an acute situation, he may experience positive results (40 to 60 percent better) after just a single treatment session. It’s important to note, however, that follow-up treatments are often required. These treatments are generally performed between two and three days after the initial sessions. Most people in the acute category only require single treatments, however. All situations are different.

If an individual has a chronic issue, then his acupuncture need may be based on whatever is actually triggering the discomfort in the first place. If an individual is getting stiff neck treatment for a condition such as cervical spine degeneration, he’ll require continued acupuncture sessions to minimize discomfort and control the intensity of his symptoms.

Acupuncture involves placing needles in the nape and neck areas. People also typically need needles on the upper thoracic parts of their backs, although they generally only need them in minimal amounts. The heels and hands also are equipped with trigger points, although many people are unaware of that fact.

If an individual receives acupuncture for neck pain, its specific causes can vary. Physical factors and bad posture aren’t the only things that can bring on the need for acupuncture for neck pain. Stress can also often make people experience neck stiffness. People who are concerned about this possibility can consider their positioning during sleep. People who are stressed out frequently sleep while squashing their heads in the middle of their pillows. When people are asleep, they’re unconscious and therefore unaware of their actions. That’s why many people sleep this way and have absolutely no clue about it.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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