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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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Does DMSO work for sports injuries?

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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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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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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Does acupuncture work for arthritis?

Does acupuncture work for arthritis?

Placebo effect: Acupuncture has shown a strong palcebo effect in rheumatic conditions. Studies have been done in oa, ra, neck and back pain, and fibromyalgia. Obviously, just like any treatments either well studied or not, acupuncture will help some people with arthritis, but there is no strong evidence that it will help arthritis in general. It also can get expensive since insurance usually doesnt cover it. ...Read more

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Does yoga usually help sports injuries?

Does yoga usually help sports injuries?

Yes!: Yoga is a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, both great ways to improve (or prevent sports injuries). Your local y or even your community center will offer low cost classes. There are different type of yoga the one called hatha yoga has movements that involves body movements and streching which helps. ...Read more

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How do I treat sporting injuries with aquatic sports therapy?

How do I treat sporting injuries with aquatic sports therapy?

Physical therapy: Aquatic therapy is a kind of physical therapy used in different diseases. To decide whether it is appropriate in your case and how best it can be used, you will need to be referred to physical therapy. The physical therapist will be able to tell you if your injury is best treated by it and if so, you will be prescribed a regimen that you will follow. ...Read more

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How good does acupuncture work for pain?

How good does acupuncture work for pain?

It depends: For certain painful conditions acupuncture can be very helpful; major surgery has been performed using acupuncture as the only anesthetic! but every person/situation is unique, so the only way to see how it works for you is to try it. And, or course, there are different styles/techniques of acupuncture, so some acupuncturists may help you more than others. ...Read more

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Does acupuncture work for severe arthritis?

Does acupuncture work for severe arthritis?

Possibly: Acupuncture can be helpful with the pain of arthritis however it will not change the damage that has been done to the joint by the arthritic process. Also acupuncture will not stop the natural progression of the arthritis. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture really work for my sprained wrist?

Can acupuncture really work for my sprained wrist?

Yes it is possible: Acupuncture usually help all kind of pain in body if applied correctly including wrist pain, however if you have mechanical problem you have to fix it. Thank you. ...Read more

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How effective does acupuncture work for pain in my?

How effective does acupuncture work for pain in my?

Maybe good?: It works very well for many types of pain (as well as coxygeal pain) :) but - it does not work for all types of pain. ...Read more

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How fast does physical therapy take to work for sciatica/s.I. Joint pain?

How fast does physical therapy take to work for sciatica/s.I. Joint pain?

See below: No correct answer here. Everyone is different and everyone's healing ability is different. In general, i would expect to see some improvement after about 10-15 pt sessions. ...Read more

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What are some good physical therapy exercises for my knee? I hurt it as weightlifter.

What are some good physical therapy exercises for my knee? I hurt it as weightlifter.

Stretch and Strength: Stretching is always the first step. Hamstring, iliotibial band and gastrocs are all excellent to stretch initially. After that, the quadriceps is the ideal muscle to strengthen to stabilize the knee joint. ...Read more

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Does anybody know if acupuncture for back pain really work or doesn't work?

Does anybody know if acupuncture for back pain really work or doesn't work?

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 more

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Is not icing or taking medicine for sports injuries a bad idea?

Is not icing or taking medicine for sports injuries a bad idea?

Ice helps.: Icing and taking anti-inflammatory medications can only help virtually all sports related injuries. They both reduce pain and inflammation. ...Read more

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Does accupuncture really work for sexual disfunction?

Does accupuncture really work for sexual disfunction?

See Urologist 1st to: Determine cause. You may need a western medicine approach. But in answer to your question, auricular acupuncture can be beneficial for tx of sexual dysfunction. ...Read more

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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. Janice Alexander
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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