Shoulder Trauma Treatment

A patient I've been treating for a shoulder injury agreed to allow me to share her acupuncture experiences.

About six months ago, the patient experienced a work injury causing a shoulder trauma.  The final result was an internal tear and bursitis. She received conventional medical care and AOM treatments of acupuncture and herbs. She felt the AOM treatments decreased the pain and increased her range of motion temporarily.

Eventually, the patient decided to have surgery, as everyone thought it was in her best interest. Three weeks after her surgery, she had another shoulder tear, but in a different location. Surgery was not an option and her MD recommended she receive AOM treatments again to aid in healing, range of motion and decrease the pain.

The patient has been receiving these acupuncture treatments on a non-routine basis for her shoulder injury here at NUHS for over 6 months and reports positive results. She lives out-of-state, so she only receives treatments when she is able to travel to Illinois, per her choice. She says she feels most comfortable receiving acupuncture treatments at the NUHS clinic and is not interested in going elsewhere for her AOM care.

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I have included a picture of an NUHS clinic room to help make
this patient's experience more vivid for you as you read.

In the pictures, some of the acupuncture points are shown. Two very important points are her local shoulder points, jian qian and LI15. These points have been painful for the patient. Each time they are needled, the patient has a different tolerance level for them, and for the depth she can handle them being placed. She also has a range in her tolerance of the ability to handle them being manipulated.

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Manipulated means moving the needles around to help stimulate qi and blood flow. This helps create an immune response to aid in the healing process. These points are partnered with several other distal points, points further away from her shoulder. Only a couple distal points are pictured. All this points work as a union to create a healing effect. An example of a distal point is liver 3, the point needle on her foot. This point helps move the qi and works very well when partnered with other points in her treatment plan.

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In addition to her acupuncture treatments, she has been recommended to take an herbal formula that is pictured. This formula, Jian zhou tong pian, is specific for treating bodily trauma. It helps the tissue repair itself.

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So far, the treatments have been reported as successful by the patient. She has reported a decrease in her pain level. She reports this pain relief lasts well after the end of the treatments. Since she has recently restarted her AOM treatment plan, her range of motion has not been reevaluated. I have a positive prognosis for her since she is having instant results shown by her rapid decrease in pain level.