Back Pain in 51 year old male - Case Study
A 51 year old male came in complaining of chronic mid-back pain on his left side which had appeared shortly after a rear end accident. The injury caused the back pain to spread down through his left leg and resulted in some numbness around his left ankle. His family physician gave the patient a work leave and a recommendation for massage therapy which did not provide a substantial difference in pain relief. An MRI was done 3 weeks after the accident and revealed a bulging disc and Anterolisthesis of the spine, a condition where the upper vertebral body is positioned abnormally compared to the vertebral body below it. In addition, the patient also had a rounded (Kyphotic) middle back and excessive curvature (lordosis) in his lower back which further aggravated his condtion. These secondary conditions were a result of poor posture due to carrying around excess body weight. After the intial visit, the patient began a bi-weekly treatment routine of EIMS acupuncture which allowed him to recover and return to work within 21 days.
Jaw pain in 19 year old female - Case Study
We recently had a new patient come through our clinic. She was a 19 year old female and was experiencing jaw pain on both sides of her mouth for over a year. The pain started gradually, occasionally appearing while chewing and over time became a consitent dull ache. A physical examination revealed that the chewing facial muscles and lateral neck muscles were strained and overly sensitive as a result of a car accident that occured a year prior to the development of the pain. The patient had previously consulted with a general practioners and a dentist which recommended the use of a mouth guard and pain killers to treat her condition. However, the patient found that these treatments were not very effective. It was at ths time when the patient had come in to our clinic for treatment. We provided here with a total of 6 bi-weekly sessions of EIMS Accupuncture over the course of 3 weeks. The patient had noticeable improvement after the first 3 sessions and was completely pain free by the end of the 3 weeks of treatment.
Retrospective statistical analysis of Non-Specific Low Back Pain (NSLBP) - N. Yelizarov
The origin of non-specific lower back pain (NSLBP) is traditionally difficult to diagnose and the spine damage and vertebral degeneration are often thought of as the culprits. Trending that direction, expensive but often futile imaging diagnostics and invasive treatments are prescribed. The authors of the following analysis draw on the years of experience and on the direct patient data to conclude that, in reality, the majority of cases of NSLBP are caused by muscle strain and inflammation in the lower back region rather than by the degeneration of the vertebral structures and herniation, and as such are effectively treatable by stimulating relevant sets of muscles to resolve inflammation and strain and thus relieve the pain.
The data analysis revealed the age- and gender- specific pattern of muscle pain in patients that came for a treatment of NSLBP. This division in the muscular locale of pain makes sense in the light of physiological/anatomical, lifestyle and work activity differences between the age groups as well as between the genders. All patients were treated with and positively responded to the electrical intra-muscular stimulation (EIMS) used in Richmond Muscle and Tendon Clinic. The migrating pattern of pain per patient between the treatment sessions also confirms the hypothesis about the muscular origin of the lower back pain. The role of soft tissues in identifying the source of and treating the NSLBP in various subsets of the population thus must not be overlooked and must actually be considered ahead of the skeletal abnormalities and the rigorous treatments that the latter typically entail.
Case Study: EIMS Acupuncture Treatment for Posterior Tibialis Tendonitis - N. Yelizarov, J. Taunton
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Posterior tibialis tendon dysfunction (PTTD) is a progressive ailment of a lower limb that, if left untreated, can lead to irreversible changes in the structure and function. The authors of the present study hypothesized the damages to the tibias tendon can be countered and reversed using electrical acupuncture and concurrent treatment of the associated muscle.
INTERVENTION: The following study details a successful treatment of the early stage PTTD in a group of competitive athletes using a specific Electrical Intra Muscular Stimulation (EIMS) protocol developed and rooted in years of practice and the knowledge of the pathophysiology of the muscle and tendon tissues. Specifically, a combination the posterior and the original EIMS approach was used to stimulate the tendon and muscle concurrently at a frequency of 2 Hz. Analysis of the VAS scores showed a significant improvement following the treatment sessions.
CONCLUSION: The success of this combined muscle/tendon stimulation protocol is given a strong correlation between the mechanism of tendon and muscle injury and recovery. The fast rate of healing and the simplicity of the materials required for the treatment offer a great potential for a wide-spread application. The authors extrapolate that the treatment method, with applicable modifications in needling locations, can be used for an array of common ailments involving tendons and muscles of the lower limb and foot, including the over-pronation, which is now common place due to the overweight problem in the general population.