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Acupuncture can be an excellent tool for treating orthopedic and musculoskeletal injury, pain, and dysfunction.

Some musculoskeletal conditions we typically treat are:

  • Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sciatica and piriformis syndrome
  • Pain from bulging or herniated discs
  • Headaches and migraines
  • TMJ Dysfunction and jaw pain
  • Acute or chronic neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Mid and upper back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist pain
  • Trigger finger and DeQuervain’s tendonitis
  • Hip and groin pain
  • Patellar tendonitis (“Runner’s knee”)
  • Meniscus, ACL, PCL tears not requiring surgery
  • Ankle sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Morton’s neuroma

In treating orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, acupuncture and associated therapies have been shown to

  • Reduce pain levels
  • Increase circulation to enhance the healing of injured tissues
  • Reduce local and systemic inflammation through the release of anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body
  • Improve range of motion
  • Relax tight and injured muscle fibers

What to expect:

When pursuing treatment for an orthopedic condition, we usually recommend clustering visits closer together initially (once or twice per week), and then gradually lengthening the amount of time between sessions as your body starts to respond to the acupuncture. We look for improvements in intensity, frequency, and duration of pain, as well as improvements in physical function. Our end goal is to get you to a place where you are pain free and don’t need to come in for treatment anymore. In the case of chronic or degenerative conditions, our goal is to space visits out as much as possible to find a maintenance plan that works for you to keep your pain levels manageable or gone altogether.

Treatments may consist of acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine recommendations, cupping and gua sha manual therapy, moxibustion, as well as nutrition/activity/lifestyle recommendations. Our treatments for orthopedic conditions rely on a mix of orthopedic acupuncture (acupuncture based largely on location of muscle motor points) alongside other acupuncture techniques to achieve the best and most customized results.

We will work with you at your first visit to solidify a treatment plan based on your unique situation.