Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body. Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg. Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases resolve with non-operative treatments in a few weeks. People who have severe sciatica that's associated with significant leg weakness or bowel or bladder changes might be candidates for surgery. Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. You might feel the discomfort almost anywhere along the nerve pathway, but it's especially likely to follow a path from your low back to your buttock and the back of your thigh and calf. The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating pain. Sometimes it can feel like a jolt or electric shock. It can be worse when you cough or sneeze, and prolonged sitting can aggravate symptoms. Usually only one side of your body is affected. Some people also have numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot. You might have pain in one part of your leg and numbness in another part.
Please see other patient's review for Dr. Malinda Lei on sciatica:
James S, San Jose, CA
"A few weeks ago, I went to Dr. Lei's clinic for sciatic pain. She gave me acupuncture treatment two times plus my exercises, now pain was gone totally."
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Signs and symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve, usually within one to three years. Frozen shoulder typically develops slowly, and in three stages. Each stage can last a number of months.
Freezing stage. Any movement of your shoulder causes pain, and your shoulder's range of motion starts to become limited.
Frozen stage. Pain may begin to diminish during this stage. However, your shoulder becomes stiffer, and using it becomes more difficult.
Thawing stage. The range of motion in your shoulder begins to improve
vonnie N. San Francisco, CA
I'm writing a review on behalf of my mom who is Dr. Lei's patient. My mom had a "frozen" shoulder where she wasn't able to raise her arm up past 90 degrees for over a year now. She's gone to different acupuncture doctors but has never experienced much improvement. After only a week of acupuncture with Dr. Lei my moms arm feels a lot better!
Jullie P, Mountain View, CA
"Min Lei is friendly and knowledgeable. After getting acupuncture treatment for a month for my neck and shoulder pain, I felt much better and can raise my arm without any problem."
leilei Z, Los Altos, CA
"I went to Lei's practice for shoulder pain. Dr. Lei is very kind and patient. She gave me acupuncture treatment a couple of times. When she does it, the needles are not only limited to the problem area, they cover the surrounding areas as well. Every time, I walked out of her clinic feeling refreshed. She prescribes herb medicine as well. I would go to her office again if needed in the future."
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition that occurs when tendons in your elbow are overloaded, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Despite its name, athletes aren't the only people who develop tennis elbow. People whose jobs feature the types of motions that can lead to tennis elbow include plumbers, painters, carpenters and butchers. The pain of tennis elbow occurs primarily where the tendons of your forearm muscles attach to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow. Pain can also spread into your forearm and wrist.The pain associated with tennis elbow may radiate from the outside of your elbow into your forearm and wrist. Pain and weakness may make it difficult to: Shake hands or grip an object, turn a doorknob, hold a coffee cup.
Please read patient review for Dr. Melinda Lei on tennis elbow:
Wenbin H, San Mateo, CA
I go to GYM regularly if it is not everyday. A while back, I hurt my left elbow when I worked on bench press exercise. Actually the elbow pain was developed gradually. I don't really recall when the pain starts, but the pain become worse and worse, and in the end I have to stop my bench press workout, and hope my elbow can self recovery. After 2-3 weeks, the pain gets better, but I found my arm can't go straight.
I was referred to Ms.Lei's Acupuncture practice. To be honest, it was my first time to try Acupuncture treatment. To my surprise, after three sessions in a week with Ms Lei, my elbow pain goes away completely, and my arm can go straight again. Actually I have restarted my bench press workout last week, and don't feel any pain at all in my left elbow.
I strongly recommend Ms Lei Acupuncture practice to anyone with sport related pain issues. I will definitely see her again if I have similar pain issues in the future
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. The activities that place a lot of stress on your heel and attached tissue — such as long-distance running, ballistic jumping activities, ballet dancing and aerobic dance — can contribute to an earlier onset of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. The pain is usually the worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or rising from sitting. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it.