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Dr. Lee’s Case Studies #8 and #9


Below are two successful patient cases with osteoarthritis and foot pain. The intention of sharing these cases is to increase awareness within the local community about the benefits of acupuncture.

Case#8: female, age 84, retired
Complaint: Osteoarthritis. Aches and pains all over the body due osteoarthritis, especially in the neck, low back, hips, elbows, hands, and knees.
Treatment process: The patient has been receiving acupuncture for 14 months. The initial visits were at twice a week for 12 weeks and then once a week after that. Her pains were significantly relieved. Her body felt lighter and walking was smoothly. Once a week acupuncture visits help to maintain her ability to do physical activities at home and outside. The pain still comes back easily when picking up objects from ground, putting up Christmas lights or sitting for more than an hour at a dinner meeting. But the pain is significantly reduced for several days after each acupuncture treatment.
Discussion: For the elderly, it is more imperative to maintain their livelihood and independence. Not only is there increased physical ability at home, she continues to volunteer at a local nonprofit organization, which gives her joy and continual sense of purpose. Management of pain with acupuncture is a tremendous assistance for her.

Case #9: female, age 54, sales
Complaint: Right foot pain radiating up to shin. Original injury was one year ago from twisting the foot while gardening. The pain lasted for 2 months. She reinjured the right foot two weeks ago. The pain was severe enough to get an x-ray, which did not reveal any fracture. She was also at the tail-end of cold with symptoms of mild cough and nasal discharge.
Treatment process: The patient only received 3 acupuncture treatments. The first treatment had immediately dried up the sinus, which was an indicator of a correct treatment. After the second treatment, the foot and shin pain was completely gone even with gardening.
Discussion: Sprain and strain of the foot and ankle is the easiest condition to treat using acupuncture. Because acupuncture is holistic, it treats disparate issues simultaneously.

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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