How much can acupuncture help with your pain?

How much can acupuncture help with your pain?

If you want the short answer: A LOT. It is absolutely worth your time. Be mindful that acupuncture is not magic and will require a series of treatments to help your body function better and hurt less. So give it time, don’t expect to feel significant changes immediately. Also understand there are different types of acupuncture – TCM, Orthopedic, Neurofunctional, Trigger Point Dry Needling. So you need to go to an acupuncturist that is well versed in treating orthopedic pain conditions.

When you’re in pain there’s really only a couple of things you care about.

  1. Can you help me?
  2. How many treatments will I need?
  3. How much better will I feel?

Unfortunately I left my crystal ball back in medical school but the good news is I can tell you about my clinical experience with similar cases and how those patients responded. To give you a better idea of how big of a difference we can make, I track as many of my patient outcomes as I can, so over the last few years I’ve amassed a good amount of data.

When it comes to pain – acupuncture is a great option. It’s low risk and honestly I haven’t seen a better tool for most pain conditions. For most issues, things like massage just aren’t enough to make a permanent change and surgery is just far too aggressive and unnecessary. Acupuncture fits right into that goldilocks spot of being jusssstttt right.

For most people acupuncture will be able to help in some way.

Dr. Josh Hanson, DACM

For most pain conditions, all of the research shows 10 treatments done weekly can provide lasting relief, even a year after the treatments are complete. So expect to need a series of treatments and depending on the complexity and severity of your pain, we can gauge how many treatments you might need.

On average we can change a wide variety of pain conditions by 50-75%. So for common conditions like back pain, neck pain, knee, pain, shoulder pain and foot pain we can usually make a HUGE change.

Even a 30% change can be life changing when you’re dealing with chronic pain. A 30% change would drop a 7/10 to something like a 5/10 – which can make living life much more pleasant and tolerable. No drug or surgery can reliable do that with minimal side effects and no real risk.

The good news is that I specialize in stubborn pain conditions, so no matter what you’re dealing with, chances are I’ve seen it and helped someone feel better.


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