I really enjoy helping people resolve or mediate loss of mobility and pain from sports injuries and  long term orthopedic problems such as arthritis, tendonitis, and muscular stiffness/strain.  It is so important for people to be able to move without the restrictions of pain and degeneration, so that they can remain active and continue in the sports and activities they love  for as long as they want. It’s great to help people become pain-free and have better mobility and flexibility.

Since acupuncture is not a quick-fix, I encourage people to get a series or acupuncture treatments (even while they are getting physical therapy). The effects of each treatment are accumulative. People usually begin getting better range-of-motion and feel less pain soon after treatment begins. If a person has had pain and changes in mobility over a long period of time, it then takes longer in getting him/her to experience changes in how they feel. If the injury is acute, improvement is relatively rapid. Acupuncture helps with acute injury pain relief (i.e. ankle sprains or strain). It is really remarkable how acupuncture helps with pain relief and enhances the healing process of  muscle strain (i.e. hamstring pull).  If surgery is required, getting acupuncture as soon as possible after surgery really helps the healing process.

Arthritis is an inflammatory process that often needs to be addressed  through identifying underlying dietary and nutritional  contributors.  During treatment, I often discuss dietary habits that may be contributing to their arthritic changes.

I utilize several modalities of therapy to treat injuries and pain.  Depending on the person and problem I address, I  include acupuncture, gentle electrical stimulation to needles, moxabustion, guasha, cupping, tuina (Chinese massage), heat, home exercise instruction. I often apply topical ointments and creams that assist in pain relief and healing  in my treatment. I sometimes will encourage people to also get advice on developing proper sports techniques, physical or occupational therapy consults, stretching, breathing techniques.

 

Some commonly treated orthopedic problems/ sports injuries:

  • muscle pull/strain

  • neck pain

  • tennis elbow

  • golf elbow

  • groin pull

  • rotator cuff strain/tear

  • shoulder pain

  • frozen shoulder

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  • achilles tendonitis

  • heel and arch pain

  • runner’s knee

  • osteoarthrits of hips, knees, ankles

  • acute back strain

  • shin splints

  • chronic low back pain

  • hamstring strain

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