Possibly. I'd recommend you consult with an experienced physical therapist who has worked with acupuncturists. Sometimes response to acupuncture depends as much on the patient as it does the therapy itself, and a lot depends also on the cause of the pain. Be wary of any practitioner who tells you that they can treat anything and every-thing through their trade. Talk to others who have tried it.
Acupuncture. Yes acupuncture can help to relieve shoulder pain.
Depends. A correct diagnosis is neccessary then the correct treatment is advised in rare instances acupuncture may releive pain.
Excellent. It will not cure a condition that requires surgical intervention but it can greatly improve recovery time and pain control. It is used often for this purpose.
Proven vs unproven. By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. Still, pain is different. Perception. It may work - mind over matter.
Let try to help. Acupunture cuase minor pain, and could help shoulder pain. Thank you.
Yes - it works. If you have a gentle needler you may have no discomfort. There are variety of different treatments available for shoulder pain. A large needle introduced into the joint may cause minor discomfort. However, it isn't likely for smaller dermal needles. The needle diameter is very small which is why it is usually well tolerated. Most of the time my patients don't feel the needle insertions.
Hi. I've been having shoulder pain. I've been told it's rotator cuff related, but I've been told it's not likely torn. Would acupuncture help?
Shoulder pain. Acupuncture is definitely something to consider, but I would consider a trial of anti-inflammatories (or a corticosteroid injection) and physical therapy first.
Shoulder pain. Yes, it could help. But, I would have the acupuncture first +/- nonsteroidals meds like ibuprofen. Typically, steroids interfere with successful treatment with acupuncture. If you already had steroid injection wait a few weeks until you try acupuncture. It is o-k to use nsaids, tylenol (acetaminophen) etc. Simultaneously with acupuncture. Steroids typically nullify the positive effects of acupuncture-don't know why!
Sure. Rotator cuff related is a vague description but may include common problems such as bursitis, impingement, rotator cuff tendinitis and or tear, biceps problems, and stiffness. Additional clarity of diagnosis would be ideal. Your orthopedist may recommend nsaid's, therapy, and or injection if necessary. Acupuncture is an option.