“Over 25 years ago I was in a serious motorcycle accident. My left arm was paralyzed and I had to learn to live my life with one arm. As time went by I got used to just using my right arm never thinking anything could happen to it just doing regular daily activities. I would lift weights, lift boxes using my arm and my body, mow lawns and do just about everything a person with two arms could do. It did take longer and I would have to figure out how I would get things done with one arm, but I was able to adjust my body and live life as normal as possible. The wear and tear of using just using one arm brings injuries you don’t think would happen.
In 2011, I tore my rotator cuff and was basically trying to live without having any arms. I only had one arm that could work so I rushed my healing. I went to a physical therapist for a couple months and that helped me get some motion back, but I was still in pain. My wife was seeing Dr Shen for some back injuries and suggested I see her. I was a little skeptical about getting acupuncture, so I chose to have acupressure done. That helped relieve some of the pain, but I did not see Dr Shen consistently and just learned to live with the pain.
In 2016, I tore my rotator cuff again. I was put back to the same predicament as I was when I tore my rotator cuff in 2011. I was again stuck living without any arms as I was when I tore my rotator cuff in 2011. After the operation I did the same as earlier. I went to physical therapy, then went and saw Dr Shen for more acupressure and again I wasn’t consistent seeing Dr Shen, even though she was bringing relief to the pain. Again I went on dealing with the pain myself. I just went back living with the pain and using pain killers when needed.
In 2018, I tore my rotator cuff again. I had an MRI done and my Dr told me it was just a small tear and it would be easily repaired. When she went in my shoulder and performed microscopic surgery. She found the tendon to my bicep was shredded and the muscle was ready to fall off the tendon, so the small tear in my rotator cuff became a major surgery. She repaired my tendon and the rotator cuff and I started physical therapy again. I was seeing my therapist twice a week for three months. My therapist taught me how to give my arm motion and began giving exercises to strengthen my shoulder. My therapy consisted of having my shoulder moved around with the therapist applying pressure to my shoulder and trying to get my shoulder to lay flat against the table I was on, having me on my side and make adjustments to my shoulder in that position and a number of other exercises. After every session my shoulder hurt all day and I would take a Norco to ease the pain. I saw another doctor after the three months of therapy. I told the doctor the problem I was having with physical therapy and she told me to stop my therapy and start taking muscle relaxers, because the therapy was only causing pain, Norco was disguising the pain and if I began taking muscle relaxers that would allow the muscles to be relaxed and help it heal by not putting stress on my shoulder. The muscle relaxers did not work and I felt helpless until one day I thought of Dr Shen and decided to make an appointment to see her.
I told Dr Shen that I was living with pain that was more extreme then my previous operations and that I could barely use my arm. It hurt swinging back and forth when I walked, I could barely pick up things that weighed five pounds and I could not do any physical activities. My first appointment I made was for acupuncture not acupressure. I was still skeptical, but I thought there wasn’t anything else I could do. I thought all they did was put pins in pressure points to heal the problem, but I was naïve and didn’t realize there was so much more to acupuncture. Dr Shen began poking my shoulder and back with pins and put cups over the area where she poked the holes in me. The cups were like suction cups that pulled the skin up and drew out old blood and letting fresh blood begin to flow through my body. A couple of
other cups were pulling out air bubbles in to the cups and she told me that was arthritis. When she was done eighty percent of the pain was gone. I was able to lift my arm straight up in front of me and straight up from the side. I swung my arm as if I was walking and was pain free. I was amazed and fortunate to know an acupuncturist that I knew and could trust.
My next step is to exercise my arm and shoulder to build up my strength, which I would not be able to if I did not see Dr Shen. She brought serious relief to the pain I was in. Physical therapy gave me ways to build up my muscles, but I would not be able to do that without the treatment I received from Dr Shen. People believe only or your regular doctor or a specialist they refer you to can heal an injury or other medical problems, but if you live in constant pain or any other illness sometimes to step out of the normal procedures and look at other options can help. I found that acupuncture is real and after all the pain and discomfort I’ve been through choosing acupuncture was the right choice.”
Thank you Mando 🙏