Category Archives: Back and Shoulder Pain

Exercises for a herniated disc and sciatica pain?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I suffer from a herniated disc and often have sciatica pain that accompanies it. Is there anything you can suggest in the way of stretching or exercise to help to alleviate this discomfort? A: A herniated disk can be a serious problem; I would suggest you check with a physician to…

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Help for a shoulder blade that is pinched and stiff?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My right shoulder blade is often pinched and stiff. Is this because of my posture or something else that you can point to? A: Upper back musculo-sckeletal conditions are often related to stress. Depending on your profession and activity, it is possible that you place undue stress on your upper back…

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Affordable natural treatment for spinal subluxation?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I suffer from spinal subluxation, due to a car accident that occurred three years ago. Now the chiropractor wants me to undergo very expensive therapy sessions to fix my spine. Is there an effective natural treatment with traditional Chinese medicine for spinal subluxation that may be more affordable for me? A:…

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Treatment for torn ligaments around degenerating disk?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have torn ligaments around a degenerating disk in my spine. The disk itself isn’t causing any problems, but the torn ligaments are causing pain and weakening my back. What treatment should I seek? A: I recommend acupuncture and electrostim acupuncture for eight to twelve treatments on a once per week…

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How to alleviate pain from structural damage to spine?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have spine pain that is due to a fall down the stairs when I was sixteen. Recently I had an x-ray and discovered that one bone gap is smaller than others. Sometimes my neck cannot move because it too painful. What can I do to alleviate the pain? A: It…

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Acupuncture for back and neck pain?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have back and neck pain. Will acupuncture help? A: Acupuncture can help pain. There are many protocols depending on localization, exacerbating conditions and the underlying patient condition; a licensed acupuncturist will be able to prescribe an appropriate treatment protocol. Usually six to 12 treatments can clear a mild condition. Chronic…

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Acupuncture effective for back pain?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is acupuncture an effective treatment for recurring back pain? Someone told me about an acupuncture treatment using lasers. Does it work and is it safe? A: Yes, acupuncture is an effective means of treating various pain conditions, including back pain. Some typical modalities include acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, and even electrical stimulation…

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Acupuncture help with shoulder pain?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can acupuncture help a frozen shoulder to move with less pain? A: Acupuncture is very effective in helping a frozen shoulder as well as other joint pathologies. Usually you should notice marked improvement within four treatments, depending, of course, on how acute or chronic the problem is. It is reasonable to…

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Exercise helps weight loss after back surgery?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I had back surgery and am trying to lose the excess weight I have gained since the surgery. However, I have to sit at work all day, and when I sit too long my back gives me severe pain. What can I do to lose weight and get out of this…

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Exercises to do for chronic lower back pain?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My boyfriend is very tall and has had chronic lower back pain for over a year. He has always been physically active and is not overweight. We eat very healthy. He will begin seeing a Chinese doctor and acupuncturist soon. Is there anything else we should be doing? A: You are…

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