am a 81 year old woman with osteoarthritis for years in my hands,
neck, lumbar spine and both hips. In order to avoid medication
of NSAD to upset my stomach, raise my blood pressure and the concern
of damaging my kidney, I decided to try acupuncture. After about
5 treatments, I feel I have almost no pain at all, the spasm of
by trapezius muscle also much reduced. I am glad I could maintain
this health condition without side effects."
March 15,2000, I was hit at a red light and pushed me on the passenger
side to the red light which fall on my car. I was found my car
floor and admitted overnight by the Trauma service at Lehigh valley
Hospital. I was then referred by my family Doctor to see physical
therapy three times a week for seven weeks which was not helpful.
Then I referred by my family Doctor again to see a pain specialist
who ordered an MRI, which revealed a fracture at the 9th thoracic
veterbra. I was given two epidural injections and told that I
would have to live with this pain. In addition this, I also have
pain in my right side of my back and thorax in the muscle with
a reconstructed foot required for my fractured foot. In the past,
I have to wear a back, neck, and foot brace and unable to be upright
for more than two hours or I have to lie down to reduce the pain.
After I treated by Dr. Tao with acupuncture, magnetic cupping
and Chinese herbs, my pain level from 8 of 10 down to wear off
for 4-5 days which let me could deal with pain without pain medication
and zoloft , Xanax as well. I do appreciate Dr. Tao's help."
am a 51 year old former medical secretary. I am being treated
for my pain secondary to a left distal acromial fracture sustained
while at work. I was reaching for a chair and the chair rolled
and struck my outstretched hand, causing the fracture of the left
acromion. Over the years I tried numerous medications, however,
most of these could only be taken transiently because of side
effects. An MRI shows I have a full thickness defect involving
supraspinatus tendon and a partial thickness tear of the infraspinatus
tendon and left shoulder confirmed the full thickness rotator
cuff tear. I received surgery on Feb 14, 2000 at Sacred Heart
Hospital. Unfortunately, my shoulder pain even gets better like
50% from constant pain to intermediate pain, however, some additional
radiates up to the base of my neck and down to my elbow with weakness
when I used my hand for my work. My course has been difficult
because of failure to respond to physical therapy, or even worsening.
I also had intolerance to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
with severe GI symptoms after only two to three days, or no relief
at all. Due to I have M.S. for years and unacceptable for nerve
blocks due to arthritic damage in my spine.
had been treated by Dr. Tao through my orthopedic Doctor's referral
from a three times a week for a couple months now. I am glad to
say the acupuncture treatment with Chinese herbal patch/ointment
is very effective. I could tolerate more of my pain and work longer
even sometimes without taken any of my medication. I hope people
like my condition could try this alternative medicine for it is
very helpful and not need to worry about any further surgery and
the side effect of medication."