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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

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


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Does acupuncture work on sports injuries?

Does acupuncture work on sports injuries?

Possibly: Like any other treatment, some are effective and others may not be effective. Acupuncture is just another tool that can be used to treat injuries. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture work with sports injuries?

Yes: Many of my patients have sports related injuries. I work with a military population so getting people back to full duty status as quickly as possible is important. It helps to control pain and shortens recovery time. ...Read more

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How can acupuncture work on sports injuries?

How can  acupuncture work on sports injuries?

Yes: If is excellent for this purpose. But - it won't repair an injury that would only respond to surgery (i.e., like a meniscal tear). ...Read more

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Can acupuncture treat sports injuries?

Can acupuncture treat sports injuries?

It's not standard: Standard western medicine does not incorporate accupunture into treatment of injuries. First and foremost injuries should be treated by conventional accepted practices. On top of that, check with your physician if there are any contraindications. Many professional athletes swear by accupunture and other modalities traditional physicians do not regularly embrace. ...Read more

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Does DMSO work for sports injuries?

Possibly...: Dmso is used topically to decrease pain and speed the healing of wounds, and muscle and skeletal injuries. Its exact mechanisms are unknown. It causes a garlic-like taste, and breath and body odor. It is a prescription drug but industrial grade DMSO is avail. Do not use nonprescript. As it may have impurities. Dmso is a strong solvent and can carry these impurities rapidly into the body. ...Read more

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Do back braces work for sports injuries?

Do back braces work for sports injuries?

Not always: Usually it's better to stay loose when you have a back injury and not restrict movement with a brace. ...Read more

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No sports injuries. Works out every other day?

Need more specifics: What is your exact question? Yes it is ok to work out every other day. ...Read more

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I have lower back nerve damage from sports would electro acupuncture and therapy help my injury?

I have lower back nerve damage from sports would electro acupuncture and therapy help my injury?

Acupuncture w e-stim: Ensure that your injury has been properly worked up (ie. Orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, neurosurgeon). Talk with your physician about using acupuncture as an adjunct to your treatment. Acupuncture with electric stimulation is often effective to improve range of motion, and to decrease inflammation & pain. ...Read more

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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......?

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......?

Golf back injury: 16 golfer had sports back injury and injured again playing squash. 2 MRIs. Asks what might cause ongoing pain. ANS: the "back" is big and complicated thing. Without more details it is impossible to answer this question, please describe in minute detail where pain in, what brings it on, what makes it better? Where does it go to? What does it feel like. What did MRI SHOW. Then reconsult. ...Read more

Dr. James Eitner
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Sports Injuries (Definition)

A sports injury is a condition in which a person has some damage to his body caused by his participation in a sport. Sports injuries include overheating, dehydration, joint sprains, muscle strains, bone fractures, ...Read more


Dr. Ralph Wharton
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more