Acupuncture for Long-Term Injury Relief

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After incurring an injury, whether from sports, an automobile accident, a slip-and-fall incident or a workplace trauma, you may be facing chronic pain and difficulty in achieving a full and effective recovery. If you’ve undergone surgery or other traditional medical therapies to address the complications from your incident, you may feel as though you have exhausted all avenues for hope and healing. Pain medications only provide a temporary respite from discomfort and do nothing to address the underlying injury that is causing chronic issues. However, the field of acupuncture offers hope for both pain relief and long-term healing in those who have sustained injuries.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is a time-honored medical practice that has roots reaching back centuries into ancient, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and healing philosophies. Long maligned in the West as folk medicine, recent studies utilizing advanced imaging techniques have shown that acupuncture is a valid and effective field of medicine that causes tangible and observable changes in the human body.

During an acupuncture treatment, the practitioner assesses the patient’s history and current health issues. Then, utilizing the knowledge of complex nerve and circulatory system points in the human body, hair-thin needles are inserted in these specific acupoints. Needle insertion provokes:

  • Nerve stimulation that causes the release of pain-relieving neurotransmitters
  • Increased blood flow to specific areas
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Stimulation of the immune system

How Does Acupuncture Work to Heal Injuries?

The field of acupuncture realizes that injuries cause trauma, and trauma in turn causes imbalances that negatively affect the healthful functioning of the human body. This pain and physiological trauma causes a blockage of energy, known in traditional Chinese medicine as qi, and disrupts healthful blood circulation. Another component of injury that traditional Western medicine often overlooks are the psychological factors that can come into play. A serious injury may cause:

  • Emotional trauma
  • Anxiety
  • High levels of stress
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

The practice of acupuncture and the entire philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine focuses on reintegrating the harmonious functioning of the mind-body connection. TCM enables people who have suffered injuries to address their many nuanced roots of pain and inflammation.

Acupuncture – Offering Hope for Long-Term Injury Recovery

Many traditional doctors now recommend that their patients attend regular acupuncture treatment sessions as part of their recovery plan. Western medicine, while effective at addressing and solving acute medical problems, is often challenged when trying to solve chronic issues, such as pain or emotional problems. Injury sufferers who incorporate acupuncture into their recovery plan often experience the following positive changes:

  • Effective and drug-free pain management
  • Reduction in inflammation
  • Regulation of the immune system
  • Better digestive health
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved state of mental health
  • Reduced scar tissue
  • Decreased recovery time from injuries or surgeries
  • Improved outlook for long-term recovery

Starting acupuncture treatment as soon as possible after an injury will yield the best results. This is a field of complementary medicine that carries almost no risk for serious or adverse side effects, so don’t hesitate to schedule an initial consultation today. You have nothing to lose, but everything to gain!

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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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