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Who are acupuncturists and what kind of pain do they treat?

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Acupuncturists are trained to work with a wide range of conditions causing pain, including headaches, knee pain, low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, sprains, and osteoarthritis. They insert very thin needles into specific points on your body, which may stimulate chemicals that help block pain signals. Although needles might sound scary, most people feel little or no discomfort.

How to find one: Go to the web sites of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (aaaomonline.org), the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (www.nccaom.org), or the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (www.medicalacupuncture.org).

SOURCES:

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: "FAQs about PM&R," "Conditions & Treatments."

American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Orthopaedics."

American College of Rheumatology: "What is a Rheumatologist?" 

American Chiropractic Association:  "Frequently Asked Questions."

American Physical Therapy Association: "Who Are Physical Therapists?"

The American Occupational Therapy Association Inc.: "Patients & Clients."

American Osteopathic Association: "What is a DO?"

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: "The specialty of chronic pain management."

National Institutes of Health: "NIH Analysis Shows Americans Are In Pain." 

UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine:  "How Acupuncture Can Relieve Pain and Improve Sleep, Digestion and Emotional Well-being."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 16, 2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: "FAQs about PM&R," "Conditions & Treatments."

American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Orthopaedics."

American College of Rheumatology: "What is a Rheumatologist?" 

American Chiropractic Association:  "Frequently Asked Questions."

American Physical Therapy Association: "Who Are Physical Therapists?"

The American Occupational Therapy Association Inc.: "Patients & Clients."

American Osteopathic Association: "What is a DO?"

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: "The specialty of chronic pain management."

National Institutes of Health: "NIH Analysis Shows Americans Are In Pain." 

UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine:  "How Acupuncture Can Relieve Pain and Improve Sleep, Digestion and Emotional Well-being."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 16, 2020

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