[Acu Note] A Case of Acupuncture Treatment Suspected of Hairline Crack of a Rib
A patient with the age of 60s came to my clinic with pain in her right upper abdomen. The pain started 9 months ago and she didn’t have any idea why it had started hurting. She had been to some hospitals to have blood work, ultrasound and x-ray, but the cause of the pain was unknown.
The pain in the right upper abdomen occurred when she twisted her body and when she lifted her right knee toward her chest.
First I checked her pulse. There was a sign of fracture in her pulse.
When I checked the area of the pain, there were some painful points on the lower rib (coastal arch) with pressure of fingers.
According to her pulse and the pain on the rib, I suspected of a hairline crack of the rib.
I gave her the treatment to harmonize all the body and the treatment to remove the pain in the area, and I added the treatment for hairline crack with a special needle called Dispersion Needle.
After the treatment, there was less pain when she twisted her body and when she lifted up her knee toward her chest.
I gave her 2 more similar treatments and ended the course of the treatment for the pain on her rib since she didn’t feel pain with the movements of twisting and lifting her knee.
There is nothing to do when nothing comes out by any tests in the hospital, but it is interesting that acupuncture has the way to approach those symptoms.
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