P.W. Kong, MD
Dr. Kong’s Training and Experience
Dr. Kong has over 25 years of experience successfully treating many pain conditions with acupuncture, including headaches, low back pain, osteoarthritis, sciatica, bursitis, neck problems, trigeminal neuralgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, colitis, muscle spasms and sports injuries. She has also successfully treated stress-related problems, sleep disorders, drug withdrawal symptoms, digestive, gynecological, cardiovasular and immune disorders.
Dr. Kong is the fourth generation in her family to practice acupuncture. She grew up in Hong Kong, where her great-grandfather, grandfather, and mother practiced traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture. She often assisted them in their work. During what she describes as a period of “rebelliousness,” and with a desire to practice “scientific medicine,” she came to the United States and attended pharmacy school. After practicing as a pharmacist for a couple of years, she went to medical school in Texas and then specialized in physical and rehabilitation medicine. Kong worked at a hospital in upstate New York for a few years but was dissatisfied because she had very little patient contact after the initial assessment of a patient. She decided to get trained and licensed as an acupuncturist in New York State. Her training involved coursework in the United States, including training in French acupuncture, as well as internships in China.
Most of Kong’s patients seek out her acupuncture services for chronic pain. Because of her background, Kong often works closely with physical therapists and reported that the two treatments complement each other well. Acupuncture can often increase range of motion, which increases the effectiveness of physical therapy intervention. She has also found that acupuncture is a good complement to other alternative modalities, such as chiropractic and massage.
Kong has also found that acupuncture is a good standalone treatment, even for such treatment-resistant problems as chronic low-back pain. She has found that most back pain patients respond well within four to six sessions.
How Acupuncture Works
Oriental medical theory explains that pain and disease are caused by either an imbalance or a blockage of the energy ciruclating through the body. Acupuncture restores the balance of the flow of energy, returning the body to a healthy state.
In an acupuncture treatment, thin sterile needles are inserted at specific points on the body. These points are carefully selected by the acupuncturist according to the patient’s signs and symptoms. Each treatment is tailored to the individudual’s needs. The acupuncture treatment corrrects the imbalances and removes the blockages of energy, thus restoring the body to health.
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