Thank you ranlee for mentioning me. Sorry for my late reply. I’ve been busy recently.
We’ve seen lots of patients with neck and upper back pain in TSGH TCM department. Acupuncture and/or herbal medicine would usually be helpful. A precise image diagnosis is
helpful too. However, most of patients end up doing rehabilitation to hang their neck, some gets better, some don’t.
We would evaluate the cause and the severity of the pain, whether there’s a nerve compression or not by doing Spurling’s test. Most of the patients’ pain originate from muscle. Electro-acupuncture can be helpful but the relief lasts for couple of days only, that’s why we think it’s also helpful to use herbal medicine to tonify the qi and blood of the painful site. Some of my patients come once or twice a week for a couple of months and they feel way relieved. However, the most important thing is to find the cause of pain and try to adjust it. We would also teach our patients to do some simple exercise, tao-yin to make themselves feel better.
Please forgive those doctors who can’t spend more time on patients. The national health insurance forces us to see lots of patients in a limited time in order to get paid more. It’s sometimes hard for doctors to balance between time and quality.
I hope you will get well soon!
BTW, I will leave Taiwan in early September for a period of time, maybe a couple of months or even longer. I’m going to take USMLE in U.S. Hopefully one day I can work in one of the integrative medical center in this list.