Motivating a Broken Bone to Heal

Motivating a Broken Bone to Heal

Fracture, Chinatown and Electrical Waves

by Sreeja V., Mar 11, 2020

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Fractured Ankle

A Cure from Within or Without?

The human body’s engineering, design, adaptability, and capacity for repair and renewal makes it, one of the most fascinating and evolved pieces of work on the planet. It took centuries for us to understand its physiology, let alone find cures and solutions for its problems. A lot of the ancient therapies placed importance on the patient's environmentsocial, dietary and lifestyleas they strongly believed these would impact the treatment regimen and response to it.1 

Modern medicine is an outcome of the industrial revolution that put much of Western Europe and the Americas on the economic growth path in the 19th century.2 A spate of scientific advancements was made, communication channels opened, and the world began to shrink thanks to the development of various modes of transportation. But these advances also caused unforeseen problems. Cities became highly populated. A host of disease-causing germs afflicting populations arrived along with migration. Occupation-related diseases and hazards brought on by working in factories also afflicted many. 

Efforts in modern medicine attempted to quell the problems industrialization presented. And so came the germ theory, the scientific discovery of various pathogens and the diseases they caused, infection management, preventive medicine like vaccines, medical devices such as the electrocardiograph to record the electrical activity of the heart, and the development of antibiotics. 

Today, the medical community thrives on standardized treatment protocols, placing emphasis on safety and preventing deviations that could potentially be risky for patients. But generalized treatment practices can also come with their fair share of disadvantages, as many patients know.

An Electrical Cure for a Broken Bone

Our storyteller, from San Francisco, who goes by the alias YO, is someone who strongly disapproves of medication. She’s a believer in the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and has been fortunate to not have many health issues until she began spraining her ankle regularly, ultimately leading to a fracture. Only, she didn't realize she had a fracture, so she lived with it for awhile, thinking it was a sprain. When her condition didn't seem to improve, she decided to see a doctor. After getting an X-Ray, the doctor confirmed that her ankle was broken and she would need surgery to fix it. If she didn’t get surgery, her pain would continue. She was confused. Here was a leg that she walked on to get to the clinic, so how could the prognosis be so grim? 

She decided to speak to her friend who was an acupuncturist. She told her about a woman in Chinatown who cured bone and ligament-related issues using a mix of acupuncture and electric waves. Several in vitro and in vivo studies have proven that electrical stimulation can help heal the bone at a cellular level by helping bone cells regenerate and, consequently, treat fracture by bringing the bones together.3 Acupuncture is known to help ease chronic pain related to arthritis, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, and neck pain. The idea of using an ancient therapy in conjunction with electricity to help the bone repair by itself seemed not just interesting, but also a better proposition than surgery. 

YO decided to give it a try. When she walked into what seemed to be a treatment room, she met a lady who didn't understand a word of English. She used a combination of gestures and sounds to convey her pain and help the lady understand what the problem was. After just ten sessions of acupuncture and electric wave therapy, the problem was completely gone. It has been five or six years now. The pain hasn't recurred since. YO has a history of neck and spine problems, but she isn't worried. She knows where to head now in case she has to deal with any of these ailments in the future.

In this case, unconventional therapy kept our storyteller from going under the surgeon's knife. Could the synergy of alternative therapy and conventional medicine offer holistic cures that empower the human body's ability to repair and rejuvenate? It’s a promising thought.

References
  1. https://www.mdmag.com/journals/internal-medicine-world-report/2014/july-2014/from-ancient-principles-to-modern-medicine-a-qanda-with-heinrich-von-staden-phd?p=1
  2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323538
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2762253/#CIT7