Consider Acupuncture

Consider Acupuncture

Acupuncture may help reduce stress and ease pain associated with certain conditions and help with many other health problems. Take a few days to learn about acupuncture, where to find an acupuncture practitioner, what the first experience is like, and what it can do for you.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: Aching, back pain, burning, headache, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscle pain, pain, buttock pain, elbow pain, face pain, foot pain, hand pain, hip pain, jaw pain, knee pain, leg pain, lower back pain, neck pain, scalp pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, upper back pain, wrist pain, sharp pain, shooting pain, stiffness, anxiety, depression, mood changes, difficulty sleeping, weakness

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Treatments: Tramadol, Ultram, oxycodone, Cymbalta, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, hydrocodone, naproxen

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Duration

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Intro to Acupuncture

During acupuncture very thin needles are lightly inserted into your skin. Alternatively, acupuncturists can also use manual pressure. Acupuncture has been studied for its benefits with many types of pain. Acupuncturists believe it corrects energy imbalances in the body.

Western doctors believe it stimulates natural chemicals in your body called endorphins that block pain signals.

Prompt: Painless needles?

CTA: Exactly what is acupuncture?

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: Aching, back pain, burning, headache, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscle pain, pain, buttock pain, elbow pain, face pain, foot pain, hand pain, hip pain, jaw pain, knee pain, leg pain, lower back pain, neck pain, scalp pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, upper back pain, wrist pain, sharp pain, shooting pain, stiffness, anxiety, depression, mood changes, difficulty sleeping, weakness

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Treatments: Tramadol, Ultram, oxycodone, Cymbalta, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, naproxen, hydrocodone, acupuncture

Categories: Treatment

Acupuncture Appts.

Here's what a first acupuncture visit is typically like.

A licensed acupuncturist:

1. Examines you and asks about your health history

2. Searches for blocked energy and identifies your constitutional pattern. This may occur by taking your pulse, examining your tongue, and looking at your skin and eyes.

3. Uses established landmarks to determine the placement of very thin needles

4. Quickly taps the needles into your skin

Some people feel slight pressure, but most feel no pain from the needles. The area may tingle, feel numb, itch, or be a little sore.

Treatment lasts 15 minutes to an hour. You may about need 5 to 10 treatments. Treatments are usually individualized. Two patients with the same symptoms often do not get the same treatment.

Prompt: Porcupine Rx?

CTA: Is acupuncture what you think?

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: Aching, back pain, burning, headache, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscle pain, pain, buttock pain, elbow pain, face pain, foot pain, hand pain, hip pain, jaw pain, knee pain, leg pain, lower back pain, neck pain, scalp pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, upper back pain, wrist pain, sharp pain, shooting pain, stiffness, anxiety, depression, mood changes, difficulty sleeping, weakness

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Treatments: Acupuncture

Categories: Treatment

Acupuncture Uses

Acupuncture may be a useful treatment for many pain-related conditions, including:

* Carpal tunnel syndrome

* Fibromyalgia

* Headache

* Low back pain

* Menstrual cramps

* Myofascial pain

* Osteoarthritis (especially of the knee)

* Tennis elbow

There are other conditions for which acupuncture may be useful:

*Nausea

*Sleep problems

*Digestive issues

Acupuncture may be an alternative to, or may be included in, a comprehensive pain management program. Ask your doctor whether it's right for you.

Prompt: Acupuncture for you?

CTA: See what pain it may help.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: Aching, back pain, burning, headache, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscle pain, pain, buttock pain, elbow pain, face pain, foot pain, hand pain, hip pain, jaw pain, knee pain, leg pain, lower back pain, neck pain, scalp pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, upper back pain, wrist pain, sharp pain, shooting pain, stiffness, anxiety, depression, mood changes, difficulty sleeping, weakness

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Treatments: Acupuncture

Categories: Treatment

Acupuncture Help

Here's how to find a licensed acupuncturist near you:

* Ask your doctor for a referral.

* Check the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture or the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Before starting acupuncture:

* If you have health insurance, find out if it will cover acupuncture for your condition.

* Ask how many treatments you should expect and how much they'll cost.

Prompt: Searching?

CTA: Find acupuncture practitioners.

Conditions: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, nerve pain, undiagnosed

Symptoms: Aching, back pain, burning, headache, joint tenderness, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscle pain, pain, buttock pain, elbow pain, face pain, foot pain, hand pain, hip pain, jaw pain, knee pain, leg pain, lower back pain, neck pain, scalp pain, shoulder pain, thigh pain, upper back pain, wrist pain, sharp pain, shooting pain, stiffness, anxiety, depression, mood changes, difficulty sleeping, weakness

Triggers:

Treatments: Acupuncture

Categories: Treatment

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 19, 2016

Sources

SOURCES:

American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

Arthritis Today: “Acupuncture Gets Respect.”

Chronic Pain Network.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Acupuncture for Pain;" “An Introduction to Acupuncture;” and “Rheumatoid Arthritis and Complementary and Alternative Medicine.”

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

The Arthritis Foundation: “Alternative Therapies.”

The Center for Integrative Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic.

The Cleveland Clinic Spine Center.

The University of Chicago Medical Center: “Acupuncture.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Study Analysis Shows Acupuncture Effective for Treating Chronic Low Back Pain.”

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