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A 17-year-old female asked:

Is the chinese medicine really effective to a problem of sore and stiff shoulder? or a pain relieve patch is better? thank you!:d

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
No single answers,: both just different approaches to treating symptoms, don't do anything about the more important underlying reasons. Better to study anatomy, work at locating all the different positions/movements you can possibly do, figure out which create the worst problems & then gently start working on those specific movements to regain freedom of motion & strength. Find a physical therapist worthy your trust.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Provided original answer
Be careful of the newly more popular marketing word: "inflammation" (referring to white blood cells, antibodies) as if this is some great new breakthrough understanding; it is not - just different words for a presumed component of symptoms. The dominant promoted medical approach is treating symptoms, not the more important underlying factors driving symptoms. Study the McKenzie method for insight.
Nov 9, 2014
Dr. Ward Dean
Anti-Aging Medicine 43 years experience
Chinese Med may Help: It depends on what is in the Chinese formula. Turmeric and Boswella are two powerful anti-inflammatory herbs that are popular in the west, and may be included in a formula of Chinese medicine. Topical DMSO (horse liniment) is also a very effective anti-inflammatory pain reliever. Pain relieving patches merely mask the symptoms, without relieving the underlying inflammation.

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