Acupuncture, Hangzhou, Health, hip, Hip Replacement, surgery, Traditional Chinese medicine, Zhejiang
Acupuncture Reduces Hip Surgery Pain – New Research.
25 AUGUST 2012
Acupuncture reduces the pain and complications caused by total hip replacement surgery. A new clinical investigation of acupuncture applied during total hip replacement surgery demonstrates that acupuncture reduces postoperative pain, reduces the need for medications and prevents complications such as nausea and vomiting. In addition, the research concludes that acupuncture improves the clinical outcome of the surgery by improving hip joint function.
Post-Op AcupunctureA nearly 2.5 year study of 60 patients compared a control group with an acupuncture group, 30 in each group. All patients had late-stage osteonecrosis of the femoral head and received total hip replacement surgery. Acupuncture points used in the study were applied to the outer ear region at acupoints Shenmen, Subcortex, Kidney and Hip Joint. The acupuncture group had less pain and experienced significant improvements in hip joint function over that of the control group. Nausea and vomiting occurred in 5 patients in the acupuncture group compared with 21 patients in the control group. The researchers also note that the acupuncture group required significantly less analgesic medications.
Zhongguo Gu Shang. 2012 Mar;25(3):220-3. Case-control study on application of auricular acupuncture for the treatment of analgesia during perioperative period in total hip arthroplasty. Wang JF, Bao HX, Cai YH, Zhang JH, Tong PJ. Zhejiang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.
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Stephen S. Rodrigues said:
30 years in medicine and 15 years experience in acupuncture use in pain therapy … it is the most important tool in medicine!!!
See how I integrate my thoughts of acupuncture into modern medicine.
I receive acupuncture treatments once to twice a week for my hips (and mind). There is nothing like the relief I get from these treatments, and I seriously mean they help you not just physically but also mentally, helping me avoid a complete and utter mental breakdown due to this ongoing debacle. Without my acupuncturist I would be in much worse shape than I am now. It’s like entering a different world, or different realm or dimension for me. I leave all of my cares and woes at the door to the room with her table, where my acupuncturist plays music like “Acupuncture for the mind” or some other very soothing and relaxing music. I occasionally wear the ‘ear tags’ shown in the photo as dictated by my acupuncturist, depending on what the focus of her treatment is at the time.
(Thanks for the link, Stephen, I’ve been getting acupuncture for a few decades now myself and can’t imagine going without it, especially with my increasing pain and mental distress at the thought of yet another revision (within six months) of my hip.
Stephen S. Rodrigues said:
Nothing works well in isolation and has to be packaged with a wellness recipe.
Self Care is also mandatory…
Self care, along with a wellness program, is mandatory. Without self care all you efforts may disappear. Using heat pads, soaking in Epsom Salts, stretching, yoga, Pilates and massage.
Don’t be afraid to ask your primary care doctor to refer you to get active tissue release from a specialist, massage therapist, Physical Therapist or a Chiropractor.
Highly important is the magnesium that has to be absorbed through the skin in soaking or by mouth with oral magnesium glycinate (chelated magnesium). This mineral is the catalysis of wellness because it is a key to harmony. It helps sleep, moods, pain and will help to unlock tight muscles and keep them relaxed and supple.
Stephen, with all due respect, acupuncture has worked remarkably well in and of itself. My body doesn’t lie to me. I also have a deep-tissue LMT who works on the ‘fuzz’ that restricts my fascia’s movement, have a chiropractor who helps with the degeneration of L6 and L6, and do take baths as well as an enhanced nutritional diet to help with my healing. I love my heating pad as well.
While agreeably acupuncture is not the only thing that helps, it is a very important one — and it DOES work quite well in isolation. I think we should let others here know the benefits of alternative treatment, but I don’t want them to think that unless they ad every form available alternative treatment they will decrease the efficacy of acupuncture itself.
Acupuncture worked well for me for at least two years before my acupuncturist helped me with referrals to a chiropractor, suggested changes to my diet, sent me to an LMT, etc., etc. For me, my acupuncturist was the gateway in to the world of alternative care.
Let’s get people ‘in the door’, so to speak, before we impose a plethora of additional treatments that you consider indispensable. I had to learn to walk before I could run.
Stephen S. Rodrigues said:
Apologizes for the confusion and the scattered ideas.
Most medical studies are setup to compare … ie acupuncture to any other care. These trials are then in a vacuum and not completely valid in the real world. To clarify isolation is a term I was using to signify only pill vs acupuncture vs PT trials.
IMO acupuncture when offered in the beginning of a pain issue will began the healing. I find that it is not offered (zippo, nada) in many pain syndromes. The patient should request and demand this care.
Vital to any care is to listen to the patient who is suffering. Their body will tell them exactly what to do and what is best. Most providers do not consider these oral complaints of the patients to be very valid. I do!
The levels of care fall into (let say) 0-1-2-3-4-5. depending on the tissue stress.
Zero is the body will recover just from a good night’s sleep and a good wellness program of heating stretching yoga and supplements. This zero level I call Automatic or natural.
1=Formal PT, Massage, LMT, Deep tissue release, auricular acupuncture and “Light” acupuncture and chiro adjustments.
2=Deeper acupuncture and myofascial release.
3=IMS and Trigger Points
4=requires a different tool as with a hypodermic needle
5=very complex care involved juggling of all modalities.
You have to excuse me, I am an oddball, because in my office all these modality are used in concert depending on the needs of a particular case. The Acupuncturist in an ideal world would’ve been working together with the LMT the first week. To keep a pain issue from becoming traumatic, it is required to dive in with all guns.
Important this is not rocket science it is just CAM one stop shopping. There is nothing magic about what I do, it can be taught to any therapist. It has to be available and on the table of choices.
I meant L5 and L6, regarding the lumbar region of my spine.
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