This Acupuncture case study explores the current research available to support acupuncture as an adjunct to Physiotherapy/Sports therapy when treating unilateral shoulder pain.
Patient X was convinced only surgical intervention would resolve her pain due to previous negative experiences with Physiotherapy.
Treatment included Acupuncture to desensitise local tissues and normalise afferent input, as well as dry needling to eliminate active trigger points. Rehabilitation involved posture-related exercises and scapula stability strengthening to address the predisposing factors to pain, as well as prevent reoccurrences of future episodes. Patient X became receptive to Physiotherapy intervention and was able to return to work.