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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Can acupuncture cause nerve damage?

Can acupuncture cause nerve damage?

Not really: Theoretically and in reality it does not happen because nerves are very slippery and movable , and the acupuncture needles flexible.Because of that it is virtually impossible to pears a nerve. Of cause care is being taken that nerves are avoided . Acupuncture points are located along the fascias(very thin transparent tissues enveloping the muscles) and usually away from the nerves. ...Read more

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Can you get nerve damage from doing acupuncture?

unlikely: This would be a rare complication from acupuncture. Basically, it would be very painful if a needle was introduced into the nerve. You would experience pain well in advance of insertion into a nerve. Thus, an acupuncturist who is knows their points and needles gently would would likely not cause this problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get nerve damage from acupuncture?

Yes: If the acupuncture needle sticks a nerve and is moved around. The needles should not be placed near a nerve. ...Read more

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I have lower back nerve damage from sports would electro acupuncture and therapy help my injury?

Acupuncture w e-stim: Ensure that your injury has been properly worked up (ie. Orthopedic surgeon, neurologist, neurosurgeon). Talk with your physician about using acupuncture as an adjunct to your treatment. Acupuncture with electric stimulation is often effective to improve range of motion, and to decrease inflammation & pain. ...Read more

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Can acupunture help for pudendal nerve damage?

Nerve desensitizatio: Acupuncture is very good at treating symptoms from damaged nerves. In conjunction with other treatments recommended by your physician it will likely reduce, and maybe eliminate your symptoms. It will not, however, "repair" the nerve. ...Read more

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Had an epidural with my son almost 3 yrs ago. I have nerve damage to my heel in my left foot. I have no feelingWhat can i do? Will accupunture help

 Had an  epidural with my son almost 3 yrs ago. I have nerve damage to my heel in my left foot. I have no feelingWhat can i do? Will  accupunture help

Possibly: I have used acupuncture to treat patients with peripheral neuropathies with some moderately good outcomes. Would discuss this with your pcm regarding an acupuncture consult and trial of treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more