Frozen Shoulder*

Transcribed from oral testimony:

I’m an 80 year old senior. Unfortunately, yet fortunately, my shoulder pain was so bad that I couldn’t even lift my arm, so I had to go the doctors. First, I tried Western medicine. Cortisone shots were effective at first, but then lost their effectiveness after a few weeks. After that the Western doctor said the pain was un-treatable and suggested physical therapy. I refused to do physical therapy, because I felt what PT does is to unnaturally force the injured joint to loosen. So I didn’t even go once.

Later, when I visited Dr. Fu, he diagnosed the pain as frozen shoulder. Since then, under Dr. Fu’s meticulous care, it’s improved steadily. With my trust in Dr. Fu and my own discipline (and there was this mutual respect between patient and doctor), under these conditions, I did my best and followed the doctor’s instructions and the doctor was willing to adjust his treatment base on my body’s response to acupuncture. During treatments, I did my best to accurately point out where my pain spots are. Then the doctor would decide where to put the needles. His intriguing and unique medical techniques combined with my cooperation as the patient (I diligently worked on the recovery exercises) led to obvious results and my frozen shoulder recovered quickly. I was once in so much pain that I couldn’t lift my arm up or extend it backwards. But now in a short amount of time, with this productive mutual effort, it has almost completely recovered.

I believe that Chinese Medicine, along with my effort doing the assigned recovery exercises, is a natural and effective treatment method that can slowly loosen the tightness of the frozen shoulder. I can confirm the power of acupuncture and hope everyone can benefit from it. With troublesome situations such as mine, the result that acupuncture brings is indescribable and amazing.

肩周炎,五十肩*

我是位80歲的老人,不幸也很幸運的,這時肩膀痛到抬不起頭来,所以去看医生。我先去看西醫,注射類固醇(可體松),剛開始有效,但是過個禮拜後就没有效了。後來西醫說,你這個没有辦法治療,他建議我去做物理治療,我一次都没去,因為我覺得那是強势將受傷關節拉開,所以我拒絕去。 之後遇到傅醫師診斷出來是五十肩(這時我笑起来说這是八十肩不是五十肩吧?!)。從那時候開始在傅醫師细心照顧下,一步一步的進步。以我對傅醫師的信心,加上我自己的自律心,就是說,病人和醫生中間互相尊重,有相互的信心、信任,在這種情況之下,我盡量聽從醫師的指示,醫生也願意針對我的身體需求作調整。而身為病人,在看病的時侯,我盡量將痛的位置,很正確的告訴醫生,然後他再決定在那個地方下針,傅醫生會用他那很奇妙獨特的手法,藉由他微妙的醫術,與耐心的醫德,再加上我這個病人配合,在每次針灸之後,努力去做些柔和的運動,來配合這個效果,果然相得益彰,我這「八十肩」恢復的很快。 我曾經痛到這個手臂無法抬起來,也無法向後伸展,然而現在情況是在很短的時間,在很有效配合情况下,幾乎完全好了。因為我相信中醫是天然,有效的治療方法,可以把五十肩痛的地方慢慢的解開,再加上自己柔和的運動,我現在作個見証,實實在在希望大家能夠受益,遇到這種情況,針灸有它妙不可言之處。

J. H. (Laguna Woods, CA)  口述

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J. H. (Laguna Woods, CA)