Understanding Acupuncture

Understanding Acupuncture

There are a variety of diseases and conditions that are not susceptible, or only partly responsive to traditional Western medicine. Millions of people throughout the world face this issue, and acupuncture may be a good alternative for them.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment that originated in China and has been practiced for thousands of years. It wasn’t until the mid to increase blood flow, and release natural painkillers.

What is it used for?

This technique has been quite successful in treating pain related to particular conditions:

  • Neurological conditions – a migraine and tension headaches
  • Musculoskeletal disorders – osteoarthritis, lower back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – labor pains and menstrual cramps
  • Oral health – TMJ and toothaches
  • Oncologic disorders – nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy

Side Effects

There are little to no side effects, contingent upon the acupuncturist performing this technique correctly. Potential risks include soreness, organ injury and infection. However, organ injury and infection can be prevented, provided the practitioner inserts the needle correctly and uses sterile needles.

Setting up an appointment

As with any health care provider, it is prudent to suggest someone. Some insurances will pay for this treatment, so inquire if this is a covered benefit through your provider.

What happens at the visit?

Initially, a patient will be assessed to twenty minutes, the needles are easily removed.


Studies, with regard to other treatments.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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