What is Acupuncture?
Originating as a Chinese medical practice, acupuncture treats a wide range of ailments, including relieving pain, by stimulating different points of the body, usually using fine needles. The practice has since become more popular in Western medicine as a proven method for pain relief. Acupuncture is one of the oldest non-surgical treatment options recommended for treating acute or chronic pain.
When used for pain relief, acupuncture can effectively treat a number of conditions:
- Chronic Pain Conditions
- Back Pain (from back conditions or a back injury)
- Neck Pain (from neck conditions or a neck injury)
- Knee Pain (from knee conditions or a knee injury)
- Hip, Foot, and Ankle pain
- Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
- Headaches / Migraines
- Arthritis Pain
How does acupuncture work?
After performing a consultation and physical examination, a certified acupuncturist inserts fine needles as thin as strands of hair into targeted points on the body. While the thought of needles may make some people uneasy, most people experience little to no discomfort during an acupuncture session. Inserting the needles into these targeted areas can help with imbalances and offer pain relief. Whether you’ll need one or more acupuncture sessions varies case by case, but your doctor may recommend a series for best results.
Using these non-surgical treatments to manage pain helps patients keep up with their physical therapy and rehabilitation programs more consistently. Sticking with these therapies is beneficial for both healing and preventing a future injury or flare up of a pain condition.
What do I do next?
Acupuncture can be effective for many patients with pain conditions, but this treatment may not be right for everyone. If you’d like to know whether acupuncture is a good option for your pain relief treatment, you can meet with a pain specialist at Lonseth Interventional Pain Management to determine the root cause of your pain and decide on the most appropriate treatment method.
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