Electroacupuncture for Orthopedic Conditions

Billed once per year until cancelled

Why Electroacupuncture? EA has unique therapeutic effects and differences from manual acupuncture:

  • Provokes strong pain control responses through release of the brain’s own opioid neurotransmitters (such as endorphins, dynorphins, enkephalins), as well as up-regulation of serotonin, a critical mood stabilizing biomolecule.
  • Interrupts pain/spasm cycles, and can facilitate the gains in joint range-of-motion crucial to physical rehabilitation.
  • Stimulates proprioceptive nerve fibers, resulting in muscle re-balancing and re-education of hypo-functioning or injured muscles.
  • Normalizes local blood flow and lymphatic drainage.
  • Speeds up cell metabolism, thus stimulating tissue repair and regeneration.

Electroacupuncture is safe for long-term use and without known side-effects. Properly-applied, electroacupuncture is no more uncomfortable, and is better tolerated by some patients, than manual stimulation of needles to bring about pain relief.

Electroacupuncture safety:

  • Cautions and contraindications
  • Patient education and informed consent
  • Safety protocols and management of adverse events

Electroacupuncture parameters and settings:

  • Amplitude: milli- and micro-
  • Frequency
  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Polarity and lead placement

Electroacupuncture protocols for common orthopedic and neurologic conditions of the spine and extremities:

  • Neck and back pain, including radiculitis and stenosis
  • Shoulder girdle injuries, including rotator cuff tendinitis and bursitis
  • Elbow, forearm, wrist and hand pain, including carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hip and buttock pain, including sciatica
  • Knee and thigh pain, including patellar tendinitis
  • Calf, ankle and foot pain, including plantar fasciitis
  • Complex regional pain (reflex sympathetic dystrophy, causalgia) and phantom limb pain syndromes
  • AOM patterns: qi and blood stagnation; bi syndromes; yin xu with heat or fire; dampness and fluid accumulation; phlegm, wind-phlegm, turbid phlegm, and wei and zhong feng syndromes; and systemic cold and deficiency of yang, jing, qi or blood.

Integrating electroacupuncture into acupuncture clinic flow:

  • Combining electroacupuncture with other therapies
  • Documentation for malpractice defense and to support insurance billing