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Traumatology Of Traditional Chinese Medicine

In order for Australians to understand better, I have translated Zhong Yi Gu Shang Zhuan Ye to mean 'specialty in Chinese Medicine for Sports Injuries'. Alternatively, it can be translated to 'traumatology of traditional Chinese medicine'. It is a subject of study in traditional Chinese medicine.

If a specialist of Chinese Medicine for Sports Injuries can become a part of the Medicare system, it will be a step forward for the treatment of soft tissues in the human body (such as muscles, ligaments), bones, joints injury and disease. Many patients can reduce or stop the use of antiinflammatories and painkillers and avoid drug side effects. Surgeries for these injuries or disease will also reduce. Some patients of disability may recover or the disability may be reduced to a certain extent.

Many patients with lower back pain can be healed or have reduced pain with improved movement. Some patients who receive specialist treatment can be discharged from the hospital early. Some X-rays, CT Scans, or MRI scans can be reduced. Many patients can recover earlier by 30-90%, and thus be helped to return to normal life and work earlier. If a specialist of Chinese Medicine for Sports Injuries can be covered by Medicare, it will not increase the government's medical spending. Instead, it would save ineffective treatment or poor treatment expenses which can then be used to pay the expenses for specialists of Chinese Medicine in sports injuries. It can save medical expenses.

The scope of Chinese Medicine for Sports Injuries treatment is very extensive. The main areas are bone fractures, different types of displacement fracture, fracture via inner fix after an operation which has obvious swelling and pain, fracture delay healing and post-fracture healing for joint activity.

The treatments include different forms of dislocation, soft tissue injury, neck sprain, cervical vertebrae dislocation, acute lumbar sprain, prolapses of lumbar intervertebral disc, sciatica, lower back pain, periarthritis of shoulder (frozen shoulder), tennis elbow, tenosynovitis, myotenositis, different joint sprains, ligament tears, knee joint pathological changes, heel pain and different forms of muscle, bone and joint pain.

A specialist of Chinese Medicine for Sports Injuries is similar to a western orthopaedic specialist who uses X-ray, CT and MRI scans to help in the diagnosis of injuries and diseases. However, a specialist of Chinese Medicine for Sports Injuries uses Chinese Medicine treatment methods, such as Chinese herbs, Chinese massage/remedial massage, acupuncture, Chinese medicine traumatic application, cupping and so on.

A specialist of Chinese Medicine for Sports Injury assesses different injuries and disease and applies the best and most appropriate treatment method. They have a considerable amount of knowledge about soft tissues, skeletons, joints and the nervous system.

In China, Chinese clinical treatment has proved that Chinese medicine can treat soft tissues, bones, joint injury or pain, or joint dysfunction. Unless surgery is a necessity, choosing a specialist of Chinese Medicine for Sports Injuries has more benefits and may help many patients avoid surgery, reduce their disability or the chance of becoming disabled, and reduce pain, with a faster and better recovery.

On 28 November 2007 The Sydney Morning Herald reported:
 Going to a chiropractor or a physiotherapist to treat lower back
 pain may be a waste of time, according to research that shows
 having your spine manipulated does not speed recovery.

There are many people suffering from lower back pain in Australia, this disease is referred by many as prolapses of lumbar intervertebral discs.

Many people and their families are perplexed by the condition. According to a study by the University of Sydney, western medicine has virtually no effective treatment method apart from surgical treatment. I treat these clients in my clinic, and normally many clients feel better after one treatment with acupuncture and Chinese massage/remedial massage. The result is that many clients feel reduced pain and improved movement function of their back at the time of treatment or on the following day.

Usually, the reduction in pain and improved movement functions occurs after three to five treatments. Over 90% of clients who did not claim worker's compensation return to work after 0-7 days of rest (I wish they would rest longer). My treatment service has already been acknowledged by WorkCover, NSW as an effective treatment. If my treatment service is covered by Medicare, it will be a great benefit to many people with lower back pain.

It is impossible to recover without the help of both western medicine and Chinese Medicine for Sports Injuries. If Chinese and western treatment methods can be integrated together, it will create the best therapeutic effect. I hope it will become a part of the Australian medical system. It allows many patients to recover more quickly, thus be able to return to their normal daily life and work as soon as possible.

I have thought about this for many years. It requires financial, media and legal support. It also requires many people to participate, including the government. I can only introduce a question for everyone to think about.

Min Xue Xu (Martin Xu), Ashfield, Sydney. Telephone (02) 9798 8086.
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Title Annotation:use of traditional Chinese medicine
Author:Xu, Min Xue "Martin"
Publication:Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Mar 1, 2010
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