The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of “acu-points” on the body with very fine, single-use, sterile, disposable needles. The needles are manipulated by hand or by low-dose electrical current (electro acupuncture). It has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, and is the oldest medical system still in practice. Acupuncture is a type of complementary medicine introduced in the U.S. in the 70’s and endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Conditions Treated

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture medicine’s ability to treat over 43 common disorders including:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis—large and small joint
  • Breech presentation
  • Bursitis—hip, shoulder, knee
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Dequervian’s tenosynovitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headache pain
  • Infertility
  • Labor induction
  • Low- and mid-back pain
  • Menstrual pain and irregularity
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Muscle tension
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains/strains
  • Stress
  • Tendonitis—ie: ‘tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow’

Collaborative Musculoskeletal Medicine

Acupuncture is part of a larger, comprehensive Musculoskeletal Program that also includes: orthopedics, physical therapy, physical medicine and rehabilitation, rheumatology, sports and performance medicine, and podiatry. Together these therapists, physicians and surgeons work closely across specialties to coordinate care.