Tom Crawly, a 48-year-old executive working for an international company in Seoul, had heard about Jaseng Hospital of Oriental Medicine on various occasions. It was his first thought when, while lifting a box, he suddenly felt severe pain in his lower back and radiating pain down his right hip. Tom had experienced recurring periods of back pain for several years, but this time it was so intense that he could not move at all, and his wife called for an ambulance.
At Jaseng, Mr. Crawly was examined by Dr. Raimund Royer, an Austrian-born specialist in Korean Traditional Medicine, who sent him for an immediate MRI scan. The scan showed a severe disc herniation. In Dr. Royer's office, treatment started with a careful spinal adjustment called Chuna manipulation therapy to release the tensed muscle portions in his back.
The next therapeutic step was motion-style treatment. Mr. Crawly was helped to stand by doctors on either side of him; Dr. Royer inserted needles in acupuncture points on his feet, elbows, and neck; and he was asked to start walking, supported by the doctors on his left and right. The pain, very severe at first, decreased with every step, and he was finally able to walk freely without support and with almost no pain.
After this session of acute pain management, Mr. Crawly was hospitalized for ten days of successful treatment with acupuncture, physiotherapy, and Chuna medication. Based on herbal formulas in Korean Traditional Medicine, this medication has been scientifically tested for its anti-inflammatory properties and regenerating effect on bone, disc, ligament, and nerve tissue.
Last updated on 30 December 2015
Before Leaving the Hospital: Get All the Paperwork
Impatient to be gone, and often suffering the woozy side effects of surgery and post-operative pharmaceuticals, patients too often find themselves back at home later, missing important documents that could have more easily been obtained on site. So before you hightail it out of your hospital or clinic, be sure that you have all of your important documents.
Generally, larger hospitals provide complete medical documentation as part of the standard exit procedure. However, some smaller clinics may rely more on verbal instructions, and they are less likely to build and maintain a dossier on your case.