What’s Causing The Pain?
Acupuncture is an excellent orthopedic medicine for pain in the muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments. You may have acute pain caused by injury, such as a sprain or strain. Or you may find that you have chronic pain in your muscles or joints that has gradually gotten worse due to stress, age or physical overuse and repetitive motion.
Treatment for Pain Relief
At your first appointment, I will do a full evaluation of your case. This allows me to understand why you have pain so that your treatments will be effective and long-lasting.
I treat pain every day. Some of the most common types I see are:
• Sports injuries (athletics, dance, weightlifting)
• Low back pain
• Spinal pain
• Sacroiliac pain
• Neck and shoulder pain
• Plantar fasciitis, and other types of heel and foot pain
• Epicondylitis (elbow pain)
• Arthritis and achy joints
• Frozen shoulder
• Rotator cuff pain
• Generalized muscle pain
• Post-surgery pain
I also treat other types of physical discomforts (numbness, tingling, pressure, etc.).
My approach to pain treatment includes overall system balance, stress relief, and trigger point therapy (also known as dry needling). Trigger point therapy is an acupuncture technique that releases pain quickly. Not all acupuncturists are trained in this method, but I find it to be key for many types of pain.
I recommend getting an MRI and/or x-ray before starting treatment, so we have as much information as possible before we begin. Please note that findings on an MRI (bulging or herniated discs, etc.) do not mean automatically mean that you will or won’t benefit from acupuncture.
What I Recommend
To treat pain, I suggest 5 weekly treatments at a minimum. After 5 treatments most patients are feeling significant relief from pain, have a strong sense of how well acupuncture is working for them, and understand what further treatment they will require. Each patient is individual in his or her healing timeline.