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How Acupuncture Can Relieve Chronic Pain

About 20% of people in the United States deal with chronic pain, according to the CDC. A significant percentage of that number suffers impairment that hinders their ability to live a normal life. 

Chronic pain can occur anywhere and at any age — and it can have many causes. This makes it difficult to determine effective treatments that control the pain so those who suffer can live normal lives. 

After over two decades practicing medicine, Dr. Ramesh Kumar at LifeWell M.D. often recommends acupuncture for treating chronic pain. 

Dr. Kumar studied acupuncture at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of his ongoing education in alternative medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. His experience and training make him uniquely qualified to treat all manner of chronic pain through acupuncture. 

The facts about acupuncture

Acupuncture originated as a treatment in China to alleviate pain and has been practiced for hundreds of years. Traditionally, it involves the use of thin needles inserted into the body in various locations to control the flow of energy, known as qi. 

Modern acupuncture applies treatment to key points to stimulate the muscles and nerves to relieve pain from a variety of sources. 

Medical specialists use acupuncture to treat a wide variety of pain, including:

Dr. Kumar can include acupuncture as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for chronic pain after a thorough examination and diagnosis of your medical condition and sources of pain. 

Acupuncture techniques

Acupuncture at LifeWell M.D. is an outpatient procedure. It’s painless when performed correctly by an experienced practitioner like Dr. Kumar. 

The typical treatment involves inserting between 5-20 thin needles into specific areas of your body. The location varies according to your needs. Dr. Kumar may choose to twirl the needles while applying minor pulses of energy or heat. 

A single session can last an hour and most follow-up treatments are shorter. While you relax, Dr. Kumar inserts the needles and performs any needed manipulations. You can expect the needles to be in place between 10-20 minutes. 

What to expect from acupuncture 

Results from acupuncture treatments vary from person to person. Some report feeling extremely relaxed, while others feel energized. 

You may experience minor soreness or bruising at the puncture sites, but most often there are no side effects. 

The typical treatment regimen includes 6-8 acupuncture treatments before complete relief is achieved. However, your level of pain contributes to how many treatments you need. 

Dr. Kumar often uses acupuncture in conjunction with other pain treatments. To learn more about acupuncture as a treatment for your chronic pain, call one of our offices in Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach, or Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, or book an appointment online today.

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