He came to the clinic because his brother’s groin pain got better by acupuncture treatment.
The patient is 17-year-old male who have had pain in his left shoulder since he fell down and hit his left shoulder while playing hockey 2 weeks ago. When he raises his left shoulder and stretches his left shoulder backward.
I had him stand up and raised his arm horizontally and pressed the arm with my hand. The strength of his left arm was weak.
When he raised his arm from the side of his body, he can only raise his arm a little above horizontal level and he couldn’t raise his arm vertically from the front and complained about pain.
I had him lie on his right side and checked for tender points with my finger pressure. There were tender points on his neck, around his left shoulder blade and his left chest. I needled some acupuncture points, confirmed the tender points disappeared and gave subtle stimulation to the needles moving his left arm.
The range of motion of his shoulder got better and pain with the movement also got better, so I left the needles in for 10 minutes.
I came back to the room and checked the strength of his left, but it was still weak, so I gave the treatment to strengthen his left arm. I confirmed his left arm got stronger and asked him to move his left arm. There was no pain in his left shoulder with any movement, so I finished the treatment of his shoulder pain by this session.
I love the scenario of hammer and nail!!
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