Friday, April 4, 2008

Basketball Medicine - Eastern Style

No, not the Eastern Conference.

Eastern (in this case, Chinese) Medicine.

An article in today's Shanghai Daily , reports that Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets (and, hopefully, the Chinese Olympic team) will be returning to China for a 10-day course of herbal remedies and other Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment.

Yao and the Chinese team hope this will reduce swelling and speed the healing of his left foot stress fracture for which he underwent surgery early last month.

While I wouldn't recommend this treatment for everybody, there are a couple of important points in this story.

1) It's important to investigate the use of different approaches to care to help recover from an injury. No one approach is best for everyone.

2) In a related article, it was reported that doctors in both Chinese medicine and his NBA team doctors have discussed and agreed to this treatment - If you're going to go to multiple providers to try different approaches, try to keep all the providers in the loop.
I hope that this combination of Eastern and Western medicine helps him recover and compete well in the upcoming Olympic Games.

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