Can Acupuncture Help My Arthritis? – Carey Dachman, M.D.

August 23, 2012

In my practice, we combine advanced medical care with more holistic or alternative approaches to get the best results for patients. Especially in the treatment of arthritis and pain management, acupuncture has proven to be particularly effective.

It is believed that acupuncture increases the release of endorphins in the body by stimulating the muscles, which send a message to the brain and spinal cord. This results in the release of these chemicals that are produced naturally by the body to decrease stress or pain.

Many patients prefer acupuncture because it is an effective drug-free way to manage pain. There are no issues of tolerance, dosage, or having to fill a prescription. It also allows us to examine a patient’s response at the time of treatment, making any adjustments as necessary. Complications from acupuncture are rare, as long as a licensed practitioner performs it under sterile conditions.

As it has gained in popularity and credibility as an alternative treatment, more and more insurance companies now cover the cost.

Dr. Carey Dachman is certified by the Board of Internal Medicine, the American College of Rheumatology, and the American Academy of Pain Management.

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