For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used in Eastern medicine with excellent outcomes. Over the last couple of decades, there’s been a slowly growing movement in Western medicine to incorporate acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain.
Recently, a study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine regarding the benefits of acupuncture. The researchers looked at over 2 dozen studies to see how well acupuncture did for chronic low back pain, rheumatoid and degenerative arthritis, along with migraine headaches.
What they found was that across the board, the study showed statistically significant beneficial results for ALL of the conditions! Acupuncture works, we just don’t know why exactly.
Typically, when this type of study is performed it presents a significant problem due to the variability and how studies are pulled together. However, this compilation was done differently as the researchers went back to the raw data on the more than two dozen studies.
Therefore, the findings should be more accurate and reflect the fact that acupuncture Scottsdale does work very well for multiple pain conditions.
Treating pain with narcotic medication can help a lot, but also has significant side effects. For treatment like acupuncture, there are very few side effects and adverse events. It is unclear exactly how acupuncture works, it is thought that maybe it alters some of the brain’s hormone levels such as serotonin producing its pain relieving effects.
As an adjunct to conventional pain management including medications and procedures, acupuncture can help fill out a comprehensive treatment program and get patients the best chance of success in getting back to a functional, happy life.
Arizona Pain Specialists has certified Scottsdale acupuncture doctors at all of its pain management clinics in the Valley. These acupuncture providers work closely with the Arizona pain doctors in managing those who have chronic pain conditions such as degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, cluster and tension headaches along with degenerative disc disease and sciatica from disc herniations.
The AZ pain center clinics accept most major insurance plans along with Medicare, Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation and some of the Medicaid AHCCCS plans including Mercy Care and APIPA. Acupuncture is currently covered by some insurance plans but some require the patient to pay out-of-pocket.
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