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Patient Story: Venice Family Clinic

When Lourdes Boria visited the Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center she had been in pain for two months and was unable to lift her arm above her waist. Lourdes recently had undergone shoulder surgery at a local hospital but the outcome was not what she or her physician expected. No treatment, thus far, gave her full use of her arm.

Without care Lourdes would become one of the 50 million Americans who live with chronic pain and experience higher stress levels and depression. In one research report, 80% of Americans felt pain was an inevitable part of growing older and two thirds would only seek medical care if their pain became unbearable. For people like Lourdes, without health insurance or enough financial resources for medications, there are few options.

At the Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center, Don Buck, supervisor of interns from the Emperor’s College acupuncture program, demonstrated how in four minutes acupuncture could improve the quality of her life.

Lourdes said, “Before I couldn’t move my arm, now no more pain.”

Lourdes will be back for two more sessions. The prognosis is very good that she will resume full use of her arm.

Says Buck: “This is an excellent example of how the integrative approach works. A patient needed conventional surgery; the outcome wasn’t completely successful; we help the patient become more well.”