Case Study 3: Bedridden

Patient: 57 male


  • Stiff shoulders
  • Intense lower back pain
  • Prevented him from moving/turning his body

Strangely, my patient was not the first person to tell me about his health problems. It was his sister from California who called and asked me to acupuncture him to alleviate his pain.

My patient was bedridden; he does not like to move at all. I don’t blame him.

He had a surgery 7 years ago–4 screws, his lower back. Two years later his back felt worse every day. To add insult to the injury, he fell and broke two screws. He could only sit up or stand up for less than 3 minutes before having to lie down. Although his doctor recommended 3 more surgeries to fix the screw, he said “No, I’ve had enough.” That’s how he ended up here.

We began the treatment plan with twice a week acupuncture which gradually increased his comfort. To quicken the recovery process we decided to change our treatment plan to a once-a-week combination of acupuncture and Tui-Na (therapeutic Chinese massage).

After one year, we could see progress; he can stand up for up to 10 minutes. He could even go to Wal-Mart with his sister! Since then, we’ve continued this treatment plan and he’s about to move around for up to 20 minutes.

He has been my patient for the last three years, and he continues to maintain and improve his health.

Acupuncture doesn’t work overnight especially not for major injuries. It may take years of treatment to see improvement. But it’s better than western medicine’s solution: to cut you open again and literally charge you a back for it.

October 11, 2009

1 Comment(s)

  1. Thanks for posting these case studies. I often use references like this to show to some of my friends who are skeptical of acupuncture’s effectiveness.

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