Acupuncture for Acute Injuries

September 29th, 2011

The most common acute injuries I treat among dancers, athletes, and working professionals.

1. Head and Neck:

Acute Neck Pain, Spasm, or Strain
Bell’s Palsy, Hemiplegia
Broken Nose
Bruises, Black eye
Disc Herniations, Bulges, Extrusions
Dislocated Jaw
Hits and Falls, or Impacts: Pain, balance, headache, vision/hearing problems

2. Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand

Joint Separations
Post-Surgical Bruising and Pain
Tears: Tendons, Ligaments, Muscles
Rotator Cuff Tears
Supraspinatus Tears
Biceps Tendon Tears

3. Mid Back & Torso

Intercostal muscle tears
Fractured Ribs
Thoracic / mid back strain, acute spasm

4. Low Back and Pelvis

Acute Low Back Pain, Spasm, Strain
Disc Herniations, Bulges, Extrusions
Groin Pulls
Numbness & Tingling
Pubic Symphysis Separation

5. Hip, Knee, Ankle, Foot

Collateral Ligament Sprains or Tears
Hits, Falls, or other Impact Injuries
Labrum Tears
Tears: Muscle, Tendon, Ligament
Meniscus Tears
ACL / PCL Tears
Post-Surgical Bruising and Pain
Sprained Ankle



Toddler bruised on elevator

May 23rd, 2011

How risky is an elevator ride? My toddler got his foot bruised up this morning. I didn’t see him brushing the toes of his rainboot along the wall of the elevator, I think it got jammed between a seam in the wall and the step. I heard a loud pop, as the boot un-flexed I imagine, then crying. Got him to the top of the landing, took his boot off, he was fine. A little bruising between the toes. An odd place, but obviously caused by compressing the toes together strongly. His boot was scraped up good.

He was lucky. Very lucky. I hope he remembers this, I know I will. It’s a good and fortunate lesson for us both.

A little Die Da Jiao/Trauma Liniment and he’ll be fine.

We’re lucky he wasn’t wearing Crocs, although this won’t stop me from letting him wear them, just gotta watch him extra carefully with those.

Acupuncture reduces acute swelling

October 28th, 2010

Had one of those “I should have” moments today, a patient came in
with swollen feet. She did a walking marathon last week, after which her
feet swelled up like balloons. After acupuncture with estim, her feet
returned almost completely to normal.

I knew acupuncture could be used to reduce acute swelling, having
seen it all the time in the context of sprains and strains. However, the
results this time were really really dramatic. I should have take
before and after pictures, but the most important things are that she
got better, and now we both know acupuncture can used for that.

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