Dr. Ho provides a full spectrum of general medical services. Practicing since 1985, he is board certified in family practice. Besides family medicine, he has also worked in the emergency room and in various urgent care settings. Currently he serves as a PCP (primary care provider or primary care physician) for various insurance companies and HMOs. Dr. Ho was trained at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University. This medical college, located in southeastern Ohio, was founded with training primary care physicians as part of its mission. Dr. Ho’s own family practice reflects this foundation of his medical training.
Dr. Ho’s practice includes treating hypertension, diabetes, thyroid diseases, hyperlipidemia, and other medical diseases. He also does minor surgeries in his office, including procedures such as laceration repairs, skin biopsy, skin lesion destruction, incision and drainage of infected abcess, and liquid nitrogen treatment. Dr. Ho’s office also provided immunizations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pneumonia, influenza, herpes zoster, and human papilloma virus. Dr. Ho also treats women’s health, including managing birth control, treating menstrual problems, and performing pap smears. As a former clinician for the Orange County Health Department, Dr. Ho also has experience in treating sexually transmitted diseases. Finally, as an osteopathic physician, Dr. Ho uses OMT to treat a variety of muscular skeletal pain problems.
Dr. Ho has practiced acupuncture since 1995. He completed postgraduate studies in medical acupuncture at the University of California, Los Angeles and passed the proficiency examination administered by the American Association of Medical Acupuncture. Acupuncture has become an integral part of his practice and approach to health and wellness.
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. Its underlying philosophy is to encourage the body to promote its own healing and to improve how the body functions. Acupuncture is practiced through the insertion of needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at designated acupuncture points, distributed along meridians on the surface of the body.
No one knows exactly how acupuncture works, but many studies show that it is and has been an effective healing practice. Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years all over the world. The range of ailments that can be addressed through acupuncture is very wide. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems including digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, neurological stress, muscular disorders, and urinary, menstrual, and reproductive ailments. While many patients are aware that acupuncture is effective in relieving pain, it is also important to understand that acupuncture can have a profound benefit to one’s health and well being.
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Holistic Medicine Dr. Ho completed postgraduate study in holistic medicine and was subsequently certified in 2006 by the American Board of Holistic Medicine. The holistic concepts of medicine suit him well since its integrative approaches to care allow him to combine the disciplines of osteopathic medicine and medical acupuncture. In his practice, he is committed to recommending effective alternative medical treatments to his patients.
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Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)
OMT is a hands-on treatment in which osteopathic physicians (or D.O.’s, Doctors of Osteopathy) use their hands to examine and treat patients. This type of treatment begins with a manual examination of patients in order to find changes in the body’s structure, emphasizing the condition of the patient’s joints, bones, muscles, and nerves. By moving the muscles and bones, OMT can help the body restore itself. OMT can be helpful in treating low back pain as well as a number of other musculoskeletal problems. OMT can also be helpful in treating disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, cold and flu, carpal tunnel syndrome, menstrual pain, pain or discomfort during pregnancy, sinus disorders, and migraine headaches. In addition to OMT, Dr. Ho sometimes treats patients with “tui-na,” a therapeutic massage from traditional Chinese medicine.
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Dr. Ho has used prolotherapy in his practice since 1999. He studied prolotherapy under the direction of Hackett Hemwall Foundation.
Prolotherapy is also known as sclerotherapy and ligament reconstruction therapy. It is a procedure that uses an injection to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes to strengthen joints weakened by trauma or over-use. When ligaments or tendon attachments are stretched, torn, or fragmented, joins become weakened, hypermobile, and painful. This way of understanding the source of muscular skeletal joint pain is often not understood or unrecognized. As a result, joint pain is traditionally treated with surgery and anti-inflammatory drugs. However, this kind of treatment often fails to stabilize the joint and permanently relieve pain. This leads to operations that may even worsen the patient’s condition.
Prolotherapy, by contrast, can directly address the causes of the instability, repair the weakened sites and help the body produce new fibrous tissues, resulting in the permanent stabilization of the joint and relief of pain. How does it work? Prolotherapy is an injection of a mild irritant solution (oftentimes a dextrose solution) precisely on the site of the torn or stretched ligament or tendon. In this way the procedure creates a mild, controlled injury that stimulates the body to lay down new tissue on the weakened area. The mild inflammatory response that is created by the injection encourages the growth of new ligament or tendon fibers, tightening the weakened structure. In a series of treatments, the body will gradually build up tissue and restore strength to the afflicted area.
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Dr. Ho has been designated a civil surgeon by the United States Immigration Services, allowing him to perform official physical examinations for people applying to become residents of the United States. His clinic provides the necessary physical examinations, laboratory tests, and recommended vaccinations to meet the requirements of the immigration physicals. For patients seeking an immigration physical, Form I-693 will be completed, sealed, and stamped for their applications.
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Dr. Ho studied FirstLine therapy through various workshops and lectures presented by Metagenics in 2008 and 2009. FirstLine Therapy is a therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC) program that seeks to improve health through helping patients make and reach individual health goals. Part of this process includes conscious reduction of health risks. FirstLine Therapy emphasizes lifestyle changes in nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, nutritional supplements, and sleep. Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) is used as preventative strategies to treat chronic health problems. In keeping with Dr. Ho’s approach to preventative and integrative care, this program of “first line of therapy” is used in the treatment of chronic illness or the reduction of risk of other serious health conditions.
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