Being a Chinese, not readily accepting invasive medical care, he was looking for a second opinion even though he was scheduled for surgery on the following Tuesday. He was brought in by his wife as he could not drive due to pain and dysfunction of his right shoulder. Upon physical examination, his right shoulder AC joint was visibly deformed. X-Rays clearly indicated a grade III AC joint separation. I explained to him that an unrepaired AC separation at this level would leave this shoulder in dysfunction and result in further issues of rotator cuff and neck in the future. I also told him that acupuncture and physical therapy would be very beneficial for a speedy recovery.
Patient called three weeks later saying his shoulder was still in pain due to infection and scar tissues. Now is the turn for acupuncture! His pain rapidly decreased and the range of motion greatly improved after only three visits. Acupuncture also helped clear up the residual infection.
Take advantage of the right medicine!
Frank He, L. Ac., QME