Pain can be an incredibly debilitating ailment that causes major disruptions to an individual’s life. However, pain itself is rarely the core problem but rather, is an indicator of a deeper issue within the body. Doctors of Western medicine will often prescribe pain relievers to patients to cope with the discomfort. However, this method only seeks to treat the pain symptom of the underlying problem and does nothing to address the actual cause of the pain.
Muscular or skeletal pain is one of the most common reasons for patients to seek help from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner. TCM not only aims to relieve pain but also to address the core problem causing the pain. For example, such causes may include an old injury from a car accident or an accumulation of stress in a certain area of the body. Having determined the cause, the practitioner will focus on treating the root problem in order to rid the patient of their pain symptoms and prevent future pain from returning to that area.
Some common pain related conditions that can be treated with TCM are:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Sports injury
- Joint pain
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Post-shingles pain
- Frozen shoulder
Treatments for pain will vary for every person and circumstance. They will depend on the patient’s condition and the severity of the ailment. Dr. Bai will create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. Treatments may include acupuncture, massage (Tui-Na), cupping, herbal medicines, and exercises to be done regularly at home.