Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
Email: xy9803@yahoo.com or info@acupuncturistwang.com
http://www.AcupuncturistWang.com
Bringing Wisdom of Ancient China to US for Pain Management
     Sports Injury 

Exercising is good for you, but sometimes you can injure yourself when you play sports or exercise. Accidents, poor training practices or improper gear can cause them. Some people get hurt because they are not in shape. Not warming up or stretching enough can also lead to injuries. The most common sports injuries are

• Sprains and strains
• Knee injuries
• Swollen muscles
• Achilles tendon injuries
• Pain along the shin bone
• Fractures
• Dislocations

Acute injuries usually occur suddenly while participating in sports or exercise. They may result in sudden and severe pain, the inability to bear weight on a limb, or inability to move the affected part of the body. Chronic injuries usually result from overuse of one area of the body over a period of time. For example, runner's knee is a painful condition generally associated with running, while
tennis elbow is a form of repetitive stress injury at the elbow, although it does not often occur with tennis players.Symptoms of chronic injuries include soreness, dull aching pain, and pain during participation in physical activity.

Western treatment often begins with the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) method to relieve pain, reduce swelling and speed healing, which will help quicken recovery and provide short term relief. We may use painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs to dull the aches, pains and reduce inflammation. It's a quick and easy approach, but it's a temporary fix. By covering up the pain, stiffness, swelling, or aches, you may be masking a deeper problem. These are the warning signals from your body, telling you that something is weakened, out of balance, and needs to be taken care of. Pain is a warning signal telling you to rest and heal. Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs can sometimes cause adverse side effects.

Traditional Chinese medicine can be a great compliment to Western medicine, as it takes a different approach to diagnosis.  Western medicine focuses mainly on the symptoms of an injury: What isn’t working, and how can we fix it?  Chinese medicine addresses the symptoms but also focuses on the root cause of the problem so that the injury is less likely to persist or reoccur. Optimum results can be achieved by addressing internal organ imbalances. A healthy internal balance feeds and supports overall muscle vitality.  A Chinese medicine practitioner looks in depth at the athlete’s health condition.  A diagnosis is based on past injuries, but also other health issues including stress, sleep patterns, and the condition of all body systems. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs is then used bring the patient’s mind, body, and spirit into balance, thereby promoting healing from injury as well as the optimizing overall health of the athlete. This holistic approach can significantly speed recovery, help improve sports performance and prevent recurring injuries by treating underlying imbalances, instead of just masking the pain.

Some Commonly Treated Sports Injuries:
• Ankle Sprain
• Achilles Tendonitis
• Arch Pain
• Muscle Pull
Neck Pain
• Shoulder Impingement
• Tennis Elbow
• Lower Back Strain
• Groin Pull
• Golfer’s Elbow
• Hamstring Strain
• Runner’s Knee
• Shin Splints
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Wang, Xiaoyan
Phone: (804) 301-1784
Email: xy9803@yahoo.com
http://www.AcupuncturistWang.com