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Does Acupuncture Cause Scarring On The Back
Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more
16 year old golfer with sports injury in his back in May 2016, re-injured July 2016 playing squash, 2 MRI's done. What might cause ongoing pain......?
Is there instability?: One consideration is to do flexing and extending xrays. If there is motion that would explain the persistent pain. The MRI can show a stress fracture but sometimes it is hard to tell due to motion artifact. Given the lack of agreement I would bite the bullet and get a SPECT bone scan. If negative then push forward with core strengthening with a physiatrist and physical therapist. If it is a stress fracture and it is not healing you could consider a bone stimulator as an off label treatment. I published one case where this was done successfully in a 17 year old elite gymnast. ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
Successful Treatment: Acupuncture can be successful in treating backache, back pain, etc. Recent studies compare acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy. Chiropractic was shown to be best for back pain. Acupuncture may be used in conjunction to eliminate acute pain, and rehabilitation should be performed to stabilize for the long term. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Scoliosis: Acupuncture can not fix scoliosis. You need to be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. However, if you have symptomatic scoliosis, acupuncture may be helpful in reducing pain & inflammation of the surrounding tissues. This can be discussed with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acupuncture Efficacy: Acupuncture is a method that stimulates nerves and muscle tissue to release stress and relieve pain. If the pain is due to structural damage, such as fractures, dislocation, or malformation, acupuncture may, at its best, provide temporary relief. Also, as not all chefs cook the same, not all acupuncture treatment provide the same efficacy, so if it didn't work, it doesn't mean it doesn't work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acupuncture - if you have a needle against or near a nerve or your spine, would it be dangerous to move?
Move how much: Needles are placed to contact a nerve's electric field when using major acupuncture points. If the needle approached the nerve to closely it would be be painful. Except in rare situations when I have a very shallow insertion the patient can usually move some. I move about all the time with needles in my neck and back. But usually people sit or lie quietly when needles are in place. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could be responsible for recurrent wait & back pain, & what can I do? Somebody suggests acupuncture!!!
Fertility methods failed so tried acupuncture & some chinese herbs. Now I find myself a few inches taller. Could those have caused that? I'm almost 34
Not likely: Female epiphyseal closure usually occurs(long bone growth extension) usually occurs by the time estrogen is in full "bloom" post puberty at age 16 or so and further potential growth ceases. The herbs may help you "stand up straighter" but not because of actual growth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fertility drugs & IUIs unsuccessful; heartbroken so tried acupuncture & chinese herbs. Worried about effects. Can either cause added height in a 37 YO?
No: Acupuncture is a time honored treatment for pain, nausea, energy and organ imbalance. Also it can help people with addictions who have failed to control smoking or narcotic use for their back pain. The practitioner of acupuncture can be a physician with 200 hours of training, or a non-physician with years of training. Seek someone you can work with for the duration. Maintain hope. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: Theoretically and in reality it does not happen because nerves are very slippery and movable , and the acupuncture needles flexible.Because of that it is virtually impossible to pears a nerve. Of cause care is being taken that nerves are avoided . Acupuncture points are located along the fascias(very thin transparent tissues enveloping the muscles) and usually away from the nerves. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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