Gopi Kasturi, M.D., is a board-certified physiatrist specializing in pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation with advanced training in acupuncture.
Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting extremely thin needles through the skin. Although, alternatives like moxibustion and cupping are also available for individuals who have a fear of needles.
Acupuncture is one of the practices used in traditional Chinese medicine, and research studies conducted in various countries including the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany have identified therapeutic benefits of acupuncture in diverse medical conditions.
How Is Acupuncture Used in Orthopedics?
Acupuncture is an excellent complement to physical rehabilitation for sports and other orthopedic injuries. Acupuncture can help decrease pain, improve physical performance, mitigate the effects of overtraining, and prevent future injuries. It has been proven to decrease pain and inflammation, as well as promote circulation to the affected tissues.
Acupuncture is often used to help treat the following:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle sprains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Golfer’s elbow
- Hamstring and calf strains and tears
- Hip pain and bursitis
- Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome
- Medial epicondylitis
- Meniscal tears
- Neck, mid back, and lower back pain
- Osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease
- Patellar tendonitis
- Patellofemoral joint dysfunction
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rotator cuff tears and repairs
- Sacroiliac joint sprains
- Shoulder impingement syndrome
- Shoulder pain and bursitis
- Spinal disc protrusions/bulges
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
- Tendon ruptures/post-operative tendon repairs
- Tennis elbow/lateral epicondylitis