Acupuncture – A Popular Pain Treatment Method

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In order to be proactive in regards to your acupuncture treatment, it is necessary to learn all you can about acupunсture. Acupunсture is unique from other healing methods. However, you will quickly notice as you read that this type of medical treatment is beneficial and effective.

Benefits of Acupunсture

Every person’s acupunсture experience is different. For some patients, this procedure leaves them feeling relaxed. Conversely, other patients enjoy a heightened level of energy. Regardless of whether the result is one of relaxation or energy, virtually all patients feel more healthy and fit in addition to reducing their pain.

Questions to Ask Your Acupuncturist

It is normal to be apprehensive about your first acupuncture treatment session. If you are concerned about whether or not acupunсture is the best choice for your pain management needs, feel free to ask your acupuncturist as many questions as you want. One of the most common questions is if the acupuncturist’s treatment style is pain-free. You may be pleasantly surprised by the practitioner’s answer.

Be sure to inquire as to whether or not the acupuncturist accepts insurance. Now that acupunсture has become more accepted in the medical community, many health insurance companies offer alternative healing coverage for this methodology. If the practice accepts your health insurance, you can save a considerable amount of money. If coverage is not available, you will be responsible for all costs, which can add up fast.

Acupuncture Treatment Tips

In some cases, people find their acupuncturist-patient relationship to be incompatible. However, that should not deter anyone from receiving acupunсture. It may take a few tries before finding a practitioner who makes you feel comfortable. Staying relaxed throughout the session helps garner the most benefits from any acupunсture session.

Just like you should do when taking medication, stay the course with your treatment plan until all acupunсture sessions are done. Although your physical condition may feel improved after a single session, the end result may not yet be reached. Therefore, it is crucial to finish all sessions before determining their effectiveness.

Pain after an acupunсture session is typically due to blockages. If you are sore after a treatment session, treat the soreness with heat instead of cold. Ice may make the problem worse. After a hot bath and an adequate night’s sleep, the majority of soreness should be gone in 24 hours.

Eat a healthy, light snack approximately one hour before your acupunсture session to avoid feeling too hungry or too full, both of which hinder the ability to relax during an appointment. If your stomach is calm during your treatment, all the energy in your body can be put toward the healing process. It is necessary to relax and satisfy your hunger, so the treatment can work at its optimal level.

After reviewing this acupuncture treatment information, you should feel better about scheduling your first appointment. Keep your newly found information in mind at the first session, and you will be ready to experience all of the benefits acupunсture has to offer.

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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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