Peter James’ primary care physician feels acupuncture may help his phantom limb pain.
Dr. Ergil discusses goals and timeline for treatment with Peter James.
Area of Phantom Limb Pain
Peter James describes where he feels his phantom limb pain.
Palpation to Determine Needle Placement
Dr. Ergil palpates Peter James' intact foot and leg to determine where to place acupuncture needles.
Proposed Number of Needles
Dr. Ergil discusses the number of needles that would be used for acupuncture.
Dr. Ergil discusses needle placement with Peter James.
Treating Comorbid PTSD and Insomnia
Dr. Ergil discusses the impact of acupuncture on PTSD and insomnia with Peter James.
Worst Case Scenario
Peter James wants to know the worst case scenario for acupuncture treatment.
Dr. Ergil replies, “Realistically, is no effect.”
“Okay,” Peter James acknowledges.
“Theoretically, therapies could conceivably make the situation worse, (but) that would be unlikely,” says Dr. Ergil.