Hip Replacement Surgery Prevented
Ron is a 57 year old male reports pain starting in the left hip about five years ago. The pain came on gradually with periodic sharp sensations experienced mostly at night while in bed. The pain has gotten worse over the years and is now severe. A scan revealed advanced osteoarthritis of the left hip joint. He is interested in prevention of hip replacement.
Examination revealed stiffness, tightness of the hip joint, and hardening of the surrounding hip muscles. The hip joint also felt colder to the touch than the other hip joint indicating restriction of circulation through the affected tissue.
Treatment was started with reported easing of pain within the first week. By the second week there was much improvement in energy and the hip pain felt sharper and more intense. Starting with week three, the hip pain began to resolve and continued to get better each week until the pain was completely gone. There is now much more flexibility in both hip joints and the patient is extremely happy to (1) get rid of the pain (2) avoid hip replacement surgery in the future.
Conclusion: The patient progressed from severe left hip osteoarthritis, hip pain and hip tightness to full resolution of symptoms. He has also experienced more circulation through both hips thus preventing possible pathology in the other hip and prevention of hip replacement as the arthritis progressed.
Severe Hip Pain and Digestive Problems Were Eliminated
John is a 55 year old very active male. His hobbies are surfing, dancing and he dearly loves the outdoor Florida lifestyle. He came to me complaining of bilateral hip pain, which started about five years previous. He has tried a lot of different therapies without very much success and was very concerned he would have to give up dancing because of restricted mobility and pain. He was very much interested in the prevention of hip replacement in future years.
During the consultation he also reported having low energy, felt stiff all over and had a history of acid reflux, stomach ulcers and periodic stomach pain. Upon examination it was discovered that he had severe bilateral hip tightness with noticeable limitation of mobility and his hips felt cold to the touch with hardening of the hips and surrounding muscle tissue.
I told him his prognosis was very good if he followed our treatment plan. He expressed interest in getting started right away and so began his treatment. At his follow up consultation two weeks later, he reported an immediate increase in energy upon starting the therapy.
He was given herbal treatments. The first week into the treatment his hips felt a little more painful, especially at night. By the second week the hip pain had subsided and he felt that he was moving better. He was told to continue his treatment protocol and return two weeks later. At week three his Tango instructor commented on his improved flexibility.
John has continued to improve and at his recent visit reports that the pain in his hips is gone and he can now do a 180 degree contra-body twist in his dance class. He also had much more energy and his digestive symptoms have all been resolved. He sleeps better now than he has for many years.
Successful Chronic Lower Back Pain with Sciatica
I am a 51 year old Acupuncture Physician with a busy practice in Florida. In the 1980s I sustained a back injury which resulted in sever, unrelenting pain. The pain radiated through my lower back and down the right leg.
For years I struggled with this excruciating pain, unable to work, indeed barely able to function. MRI scans revealed three herniated lumbar discs, for which I received multiple epidurals. During my this time I was also treated with many therapies, including physical
therapy, traction, a body cast, all without the slightest relief. Back surgery was ruled out as an option for my type of injury, and I struggled daily without much hope of relief.
Through a friendís referral, I found an Acupuncture Physician and began treatment. And after two months, I was able to function again. (Which lead me to go back to school to study Oriental Medicine), I also added a stretching and strengthening program and was able to
get back to a relatively normal life.
My back though is much better, still caused problems periodically. I had developed some arthritis in the area of the old injury. I decided to try the herbal supplement, having seen great improvement in my patients who were using this product.
Even as a practitioner, I could not believe the difference I felt after using the herbal treatment for six weeks. My back felt stronger and my range of motion and flexibility improved enormously. I continued to take the herbal formula for three months and have felt complete relief of my symptoms. The herbal treatment have helped my patients and me and I find exceptional relief.
Successful Chronic Pain Treatment
Patient Data: Male, age 52. Normal weight and height. He presents with the complaint of extreme pain in legs and arms, aggravated by any exercise. Walking more than a short distance incites worsening pain, weakness, and shaking of leg muscles. Pain is so severe that he has been unable to work for more than two years and he cannot perform normal daily activities.
History: August 2001. Pain started in his left forearm, about six weeks after he began taking a cholesterol-lowering medication prescribed by his doctor. Two weeks later, the pain progressed to his right forearm. He then discontinued his medication, but woke the following day with pain in both arms and legs so severe he was unable to rise from his bed. He reports that it presently takes him three to four hours each morning to begin moving, and he suffers from pain both mental and physical throughout the day, due to his condition. He has had multiple tests and examinations but his doctors have been unable to help him. He has been told there is no treatment for his condition.
Treatment: After TCM examination he is treated with acupuncture and prescribed herbal remedies. He returns in five days for follow-up acupuncture treatment and reports less soreness and stiffness when he wakes. Eight days later he returns for treatment and reports 40% improvement in his symptoms, and he can now walk fifteen minutes without severe muscle pain. A week later, at his next acupuncture treatment he reports that he has had an aggravation of the soreness in his forearms during the last week, with severe pain which lasts for a total of seven days and then begins to subside. Following this improvement he returns for his next treatment and reports all symptoms are 80% better. At his next appointment one week later he reports 100% improvement, with no remaining pain or discomfort.
Summary: This patient had a total of eight acupuncture treatments and took herbal remedies for five weeks. His temporary aggravation of symptoms during treatment appears to have been part of a healing response. Three months later this patient remains symptom-free.
Successful Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
A 57 year old male presents with stiffness and soreness bilaterally in all joints of the upper and lower extremities. Symptoms are aggravated by walking, especially the ankle joints, which swell severely and produce extreme pain. He reports his condition is getting worse and that he had to leave his employment six months
earlier and is now completely disabled. He has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis by his previous MD.
After TCM examination, he was given acupuncture treatment and prescribed herbal supplements. At his next appointment, three days later, he reported that the swelling in his left ankle had disappeared within the first 24 hours, with other symptoms beginning to improve. Continuing this protocol, after one week, he reported all symptoms had improved approximately 70%. With continued treatment and herbs for three additional weeks, he reports improvement at 80%. He continues to improve at the time of this writing, and is planning to return to work soon. In his own words, he says the treatment has given me my life back.
P.S. Eight months later, the patient did another blood test and found that the RH factor became negative.
Treat Hip Osteoarthritis and Piriformis Syndrome
Rob is in his mid seventies and has severe restriction of mobility through both hip joints. He reports bilateral hip pain with radiation down the lateral thighs to the knee, the right side being most affected. He reports left side hip replacement five years ago due to severe osteoarthritis in the joint. Unfortunately, he continues to experience pain even after the operation. The osteoarthritis in the right hip has continued to progress and the hip is now extremely painful.
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Upon examination there is severe hip tightness with hardening of the muscle and connective tissue surrounding the hip joint involving the piriformis muscles bilaterally creating Piriformis Syndrome. Rob is very concerned about the pain and the progression of osteoarthritis on the right side and wants to prevent another hip replacement.
Therapy was started and he noticed easing of symptoms within the first week. His left side (with the hip replacement) is responding especially well with much more mobility and much less pain. Two weeks into therapy, he is able to walk much easier with significantly less pain and stiffness.
Conclusion: Rob is now just starting the third week of treatment and is progressing very well. He is expected to continue to progress in the following weeks and his overall prognosis is excellent with continued therapy.