Leon E. Popovitz, MD
Top-Rated Orthopedic Surgeon
Specializing in Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder & Knee.
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Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese healing that has gained respect and notoriety in the medical field today. It is based upon the view of anatomy and health that were born in Asian civilizations over 2,500 years ago and are still alive today. Much the same as massage therapy, acupuncture combines healing of both body and mind, consistent with the belief that the two are inseparable; one is always affecting the other. The relaxation, stress relief, and overall feeling of peacefulness, aid just as much in the healing process as do the physical acupuncture procedures. During acupuncture, very thin needles are inserted into specific locations of the body with only a very slight, non-painful sensation. These points are paths along which “Qi,” or the energy that fuels our body and mind, flow. Over 2,000 of these points exist, and the acupuncturist will focus on points that relate to the body part of your specific issues or ailments. 

An Acupuncture Session

The first acupuncture appointment would require the patient to answer questions about both physical ailments and mental state, close examination of your tongue and pulse, and possibly an evaluation of the area of the body in concern. Your acupuncturist will then decide how long the needles will be inserted and what pathways they will need to use the needles to clear. Sometimes needles will be turned, heated or even electrically stimulated to clear any internal problems. Like massage therapy, acupuncture sessions are often accompanied by the use of herbal rubs and oils that soothe tension in muscles, increase blood and lymph flow, and provide a variety of other physical benefits. An acupuncture session may last about 30 minutes to an hour and appointments persist for however long the acupuncturist and patient feel it is beneficial. Sometimes this will mean a short set of acupuncture visits, and other times, this could be a weekly or monthly occurrence.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture, like massage therapy, is an accepted method to treat a variety of ailments, addressing ALL forms of pain. It is perfect for those seeking natural, noninvasive or medicinal treatments.

Our acupuncturist can aid in treating a wide range of orthopedic issues, as acupuncture works really well in conjunction with physical therapy, massage therapy, or ongoing treatment by one of our orthopedic or pain physicians.  Some of the issues treated with acupuncture are:

  • Arthritis – Helps with swelling and stiffness of joints, decreasing pain and increasing mobility.
  • Back Pain – Helps muscle spasms, disc swelling, vertebrae alignment, and increases flexibility and mobility of the back as a whole.
  • Fractures – Increases healing by improving blood and lymph flow, treats swelling and pain.
  • Frozen Shoulder – Increases mobility and treats pain.
  • Sports Injuries – treats pain, swelling and reduces recuperation time for muscles and joints.

Acupuncture is used to aid and treat a large number of non-orthopedic problems as well including:

Weight management, addiction, asthma, Bells Palsy, PMS, headaches, gout, herpes, high blood pressure, stress, pregnancy, AIDS, insomnia, emotional disorders, and shingles.

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