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Acupuncture for Trigger Finger

Posted by Peng Zhang on Friday, May 25, 2018, In : Muscular-skeletal system 
71-year-old musician Christine had developed a trigger finger from enthusiastic violin practising. The ring finger on her left hand was hurting and got stuck in a very bent position. She couldn't straighten it even with the help from the other hand. Her elbow and shoulder hurt as well. On physical exam I found tension in her neck and shoulder. So I did acupuncture and moxabustion in her neck, shoulder and forearm. When came back a week later, she was so amazed that her finger was already stra...

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Acupuncture For Coccyx Pain

Posted by Peng Zhang on Thursday, March 30, 2017, In : Muscular-skeletal system 
25-year-old Beth suffered from a bad pain in her coccyx for 6 months. The pain came every month for a few days and mainly at night time. It was so intense and pain killers didn't help at all. When Beth described the symptom to me, I suspected it was something to do with her menstrual cycle. But I was told that she'd had a coil put in 2 years ago and had no periods since then. On physical examination, I found some sensitive points around her sacrum area and chose two of them for acupuncture. M...
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Pain Intensity and Cervical Range of Motion in Women with Myofascial Pain Treated with Acupuncture and Electroacupuncture: A Double-blinded, Randomized Clinical Trial

Posted by Peng Zhang on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, In : Muscular-skeletal system 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25714602
Braz J Phys Ther 2015; 19 (1): 34-43.
By Aranha MF 

Abstract 

BACKGROUND: Acupuncture stimulates points on the body, influencing the perception of myofascial pain or altering physiologic functions. 

OBJECTIVE: The aim was to evaluate the effect of electroacupuncture (EAC) and acupuncture (AC) for myofascial pain of the upper trapezius and cervical range of motion, using SHAM acupuncture as control. 

METHOD: Sixty women presenting at least one trigger poin...

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Acupuncture for Pregnancy-related Pelvic Girdle Pain (PPGP)

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, In : Muscular-skeletal system 
29 year-old Julie has been pregnant for 24 weeks. For over a week she has been having a bad pain in her left groin and it radiates to her left thigh. The pain makes her limp and the most painful time is when she goes downstairs. Her doctor calls this "pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain "(PPGP). 
PPGP is a collection of uncomfortable symptoms caused by a misalignment or stiffness of the pelvic joints at either the back or front of the pelvis. The symptoms can include pain over the pubic bone ...

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Acupuncture for Neck Pain (Osteoarthritis)

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, In : Muscular-skeletal system 

Allan is a 68-year-old semi retired farmer. He complained of an 18 months history of worsening neck pain. The pain was going up to the back of his head and down to his shoulders. He also felt dizzy and couldn't control his balance when walking. The pain was really quite severe and he had to go and lie down to give his neck a rest on occasions. This was wearing him down and definitely interfering with his every day activities. He had tried lots of pain killers but not had obvious relief and al...


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Acupuncture for Ankle Pain (Arthritis)

Posted by Peng Zhang on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, In : Muscular-skeletal system 
Ian is a retired builder. A few months ago he started having pain in his ankles. The doctor said it was arthritis and gave him various medications but they didn't seem to help. With the pain, his walking was very slow and wobbly. Since he is a 6.2 feet big guy I guessed his weight didn't help either. This problem gave him not only pain but also stress. One day he met a friend in the supermarket and started to complain about his problem. The friend recommended he come to see me. When I checked...
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Acupuncture for chronic achilles tendnopathy: A randomized controlled study

Posted by Peng Zhang on Friday, August 23, 2013, In : Muscular-skeletal system 
Acupuncture intervention could improve pain and activity in patients with chronic Achilles tendinopathy compared with eccentric exercises.


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Acupuncture Relieves Pain and Improves Function in Knee Osteoarthritis

Posted by Peng Zhang on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : Muscular-skeletal system 
A landmark study shows that acupuncture provides pain lelief and improves functuin for people with osteoarthrites of the knee and serves as an effective complement to standard care. 

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Acupuncture for Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, In : Muscular-skeletal system 
62-year-old Anne came to see me for a pain in her left heel in 2011. The pain had been there for several months and was gradually getting worse. The doctor said it was called plantar fasciitis but couldn't offer any effective treatment. As a keen dog trainer and walker, Anne was very annoyed and took a friend's suggestion to try acupuncture. I used two points in her foot and applied electro-acupuncture and moxabustion. She only had two sessions then went to hospital for another problem. 16 mo...

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Acupuncture for Neck Pain (osteoarthritis)

Posted by Peng Zhang on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : Muscular-skeletal system 
72-year-old Jenny had osteoarthritis in her neck for many years. Three years ago her neck pain got so bad that she had to have two intervertebral discs replaced, and the pain eased a lot. Two days ago she woke up with a very painful and stiff neck. The pain was so severe that she couldn't move her head. She suspected it might have been caused by a fall she'd had a week ago. She phoned her GP to describe the problem and ask for an appointment, but was told that it's not surprising to have some...

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Acupuncture for Tenosynovitis - Typical Case

Posted by Peng Zhang on Monday, December 10, 2012, In : Muscular-skeletal system 
76-year-old Ron came to see me in 2009 for a problem in his right hand. He had a pain in the centre of the palm and his middle finger would lock when it bent, and he had to use the other hand to straighten it out. This condition is called "tenosynovitis", which is a local inflammation causing thickening in the tendon sheath. Because the movement of the tendon is restricted by the thickened tendon sheath, the finger is locked in a bending position, which is called "trigger finger". I found a f...
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Acupuncture for Back Pain - Typical Case 2

Posted by Peng Zhang on Friday, August 10, 2012, In : Muscular-skeletal system 

76-year-old Mr Pearce had a fall in Feb 2012 when the weather was snowy. X-ray showed a crushed vertebra in his lower spine. He was having back pain all the time and had to take eight pain-killing tablets a day, but still didn't get relief. He limped into my clinic with a stick and said:”This pain is dreadful. I would do anything to get some relief.” I put four needles into his back and did some manipulation until he felt an electric sensation going down the legs, then used a machine to s...


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Acupuncture for Neck Pain - Typical Case 1

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, In : Muscular-skeletal system 

Yvonne first came to see me in 2006, when she was having a pain in her neck. The pain came without any known reason. It was excruciating and travelling down to her left arm. She couldn't move her head and couldn't sleep well either. This made the 47 year-old lady burst into tears when she was telling me the symptoms. According to what I found in the examination I reckoned it was a muscle spasm, and four points in her neck, shoulder and arm were selected for acupuncture. After half an hour's t...


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Acupuncture for Achilles Tendonitis - Typical Case

Posted by Peng Zhang on Thursday, November 24, 2011, In : Muscular-skeletal system 
52-year-old secretary Melanie came to see me in 2004 with a pain in her left achilles tendon (achillodynia). She got it without known reason, and it had lasted for 10 months. The pain was constant and even bothering her at night. She was going on holiday soon and desperate to get some relief. I inserted 4 needles in her calf and ankle, and also used moxabustion. After the first treatment, she felt a relief instantly and had 4 good days before the pain came back again but a lot less. After the...
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Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis - Typical Case

Posted by Peng Zhang on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, In : Muscular-skeletal system 

80-year-old Mrs Young had painful knees for about 10 years. X-ray showed both her knees had osteoarthritis. She'd tried different medications, but the pain gradually got worse, even spread to her calves and shins. She'd become so annoyed because she started to have difficulty with walking properly. Due to degeneration, both her knee joints looked bulging. At first she was very reluctant to come for acupuncture because she couldn't understand how it works. It was her husband who benefited from...


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Modern Research on Acupunture for Back Pain

Posted by Peng Zhang on Sunday, October 23, 2011, In : Muscular-skeletal system 
Many studies in recent years have shown that acupuncture is more effective than conventional treatments for lower back pain, though some researchers concluded that it's just a placebo effect - no more effective than sham acupuncture which doesn't penetrate the skin or places the needles in random points. I admit the existence of placebo effect, but the question is, to what extent it works? Can it work as well as real acupuncture does? In some studies, acupuncture was delivered for quite a lon...
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Acupuncture For Back Pain - Typical Case 1

Posted by Peng Zhang on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, In : Muscular-skeletal system 

43-year-old Rudy is a paramedic. He was limping when he walked into my clinic. A few weeks ago he started having a back pain after lifting patients. It was so bad that he couldn’t walk properly. As a medical professional, he had tried everything he could get - taking pain killers, having physiotherapy and even injections, but none of them worked. Feeling sick of it, he decided to come to the Lake District for a holiday. Wandering in the town centre of Penrith, he noticed my clinic and promp...


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