Cold Weather and Joint Pain: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Relief

Cold Weather and Joint Pain: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Relief Blog  Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

People with joint pain often dread cold, damp weather. Patients with arthritis often say they can predict the weather because they can feel more joint pain. Until recently, there were no formal scientific studies to back this up.

In 2003, a scientific journal reported that scientists had found a parallel between atmospheric conditions and increased joint pain in rats. Five years later, researchers at Johns Hopkins University confirmed these results in people.

The Chinese practice of medicine

Doctors of Chinese medicine, who see many patients with musculoskeletal problems, call this bi syndrome. According to the Chinese practice of medicine, bi is the result of a blockage of chi and blood. Patients with bi syndrome fall into subgroups. Some people get better with exercise. Others improve with rest.

An accurate diagnosis of the bi subgroup can help the doctor choose the best plan of acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicine methods to break the blockage in the affected area.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a type of medicine practiced by the Chinese since around 100 B.C. It uses very fine acupuncture needles placed at precise parts of the body. Numerous clinics offer acupuncture in NYC.

Does acupuncture work?

Some individuals with arthritis do feel better for weeks, or even months, after treatment.

How does acupuncture work?

Scientific studies on acupuncture benefits show that it releases the body’s natural painkillers, endorphins. Some of the systemic benefits of acupuncture occur when the needles stimulate the pituitary gland and other regions of the brain.

A painless future?

By seeking alternative treatments, individuals suffering from musculoskeletal problems can enjoy, rather than dread, cold weather. They just will not be able to predict 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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