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Dr. Lee’s Case Studies #6 and #7


Below are two successful patient cases with plantar fasciitis and knee/ankle pains. The intention of sharing these cases is to increase awareness within the local community about the benefits of acupuncture.

Case #6: Female, age 59, consultant

Chief complaint: Plantar fasciitisPlantars

Complaints: Constant tightness and soreness on balls and lateral sides of both feet even with orthotic inserts in her shoes. She also had 2 rods attached to spine, which corrected the scoliosis but there was still significant stiffness and pain.

Treatment process: The patient noticed some relief in both spine and feet on the first visit. The relief lasted into the following visit, 3 days later. She came in for acupuncture twice a week for the first nine visits and then tapered down to once every two weeks for the next 7 visits. The improvement was close to being linear, with each week being better than the previous week. When she had hardly any pain in the feet for several weeks, she came in once a month for maintenance. She reports feet pain from time to time but it is temporary and does not disrupt her daily activities.

Discussion: The recurrence of plantar fasciitis was minimal after two months of treatment. The rods and deterioration in spine prevented significant relief of the spinal pain but she has some relief.

Case #7: Female, age 83, retiredKnees

Chief complaint: Swelling and imbalance of knees and ankles.

Complaints: The patient has swelling in both, especially in the left. MRI showed no presence of arthritis and ultrasounds showed no presence of blood clots. She has chronic right low back pain and sciatica. MRI showed stenosis and arthritis. She broke her right ankle two years ago and left ankle two months ago, which have not completely healed and are causing pain and further instability. She uses a walker for ambulance. She has left foot and left calf tightness and cramping. All these issues compound her instability, causing her to fall 3 times in the last 2 months.

Treatment process: The patient is receiving acupuncture twice a week. After only 5 visits, she has significant relief of low back, sciatica, knees, and ankles pain. Swelling in both knees is noticeably less.

Discussion: Although the patient is elderly and has joint/nerve/muscle problems due to old age, her significant improvement shows that her body’s potential for improvement is still present. Tapping into this body’s ability to self-heal with acupuncture is amazing and satisfying.

Disclaimer: Acupuncture results may vary since each individual case is different.



David Lee
Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine
Licensed Acupuncturist
166 N. Moorpark Road, #201
Thousand Oaks, CA

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