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Will acupuncture help post op pain from shoulder surgery?

Annie Porter (Scottsdale, AZ) on Dec 1, 2012
Anytime a surgery is performed, minor trauma occurs and in Chinese Medicine, this is known as blood stasis. When a patient's blood is not flowing properly, there will be pain. Acupuncture works very well on post-operative pain. It works by invigorating the flow of qi and blood in the channels of the shoulder and in the areas that have incurred trauma. Also, an herb called 'Turmeric' has been well documented to decrease inflammation and it has an affinity for the shoulder joint.
Lisa Lapwing (Austin, TX) on Oct 16, 2012
Acupuncture is great to reduce inflammation and relieve pain! It is completely safe to have done post-op! It may also help speed the healing process! The introduction of a sterile needle into the skin sends a message to the immune system that a "foreign body" is present and kicks up your immune properties to help you heal and reduce swelling and pain.
Sejin Lee (Fullerton, CA) on Oct 16, 2012
Yes, acupuncture will help post op pain from shoulder surgery.
Kerry Kott (Odessa, FL) on Oct 15, 2012
Absolutely! Acupuncture is great at assisting the body in healing itself. Herbal medicine and cupping are great complimentary modalities to acupuncture in stopping pain.
Dale Tope (Pflugerville, TX) on Oct 14, 2012
Using traditional acupuncture and local electroacupuncture, we can significantly relieve or eliminate your pain. In addition, electroacupuncture will help the area heal much more rapidly than without treatment. I usually also prescribe a Chinese herbal formula, "Jin Gu Die Da Wan", which means, "Tendon and Bone Healing Pill", to speed your recovery, as well.
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture can most definitely help with your post operative pain. Make an appointment.
Christopher Serrell (Westminster, CO) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture can most definitely help with your post operative pain. Make an appointment.
Adi Barad (Winnetka, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture can help manage pain in different areas of the body. I mainly use Chinese formula to manage post-surgical pain with good results, on a case to case basis. I would be happy to offer a free phone consultation. You can reach me at: 847-922-4039 Thank you, Adi Barad, LAc.
Jason Bussell (Wilmette, IL) on Oct 14, 2012
Acupuncture helped me so much that my orthopedist sends me many shoulder patients. I was expected to lose 15 degrees of rotation, and be on pain killers for 3 months. With the use of acupuncture, I regained all of my range of motion and only needed pain killers for less than one week. Acupuncture increases beta-endorphins, which relieve pain; and increase serum ACTH, which is a precursor to Cortisol, which reduces inflammation. In addition, it increases several components of the immune system that are responsible for clearing out damaged tissue (phagocytes, t-cells, b-cell, lymphocytes). I would definitely recommend acupuncture for all post-surgical recovery.
Alyssa Dazet (Santa Monica, CA) on Oct 2, 2012
Most definitely! Surgery is very traumatic to the body and can cause chaos with in the pain system. Often times the nervous system and brain signals get "shut off" in an area of surgery. Acupuncture helps to open up the channels of communication again, which in turn relieves the pain. It will also help to bring blood flow to the shoulder, which also helps to relieve a lot of post-op pain. Let me know if you have any more questions, I'm happy to help! Alyssa Dazet L.Ac.
Corinne Kohrherr (, ) on Oct 2, 2012
Sorry to hear about your post-op pain, but acupuncture is a great option to help reduce or eliminate pain. I have treated post-op patients soon after in-patient surgeries in the hospital with great results. Not only will acupuncture relax you, but it facilitates healing of tissues and internal and external structures. I would definitely recommend it!
Ta-Li Chang (La Habra, CA) on Oct 2, 2012
Acupuncture is definitely great for post surgery. Acupuncture is not only good for local area pain relief. It is also great for distance pain relief by choosing acupuncture point on the same channel/meridian/path as the pain location. it's very less likely to have infection of the since the insertion of needles is away from the surgery area.
Eden Lung (San Diego, CA) on Oct 2, 2012
Yes it does help. With the acupuncture treatment (which may include moxibustion, Tui Na treatment..etc) can increase the blood circulation to the area which decrease the time of healing.
Lincoln Jose Fraga (Lakewood, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Acupuncture can absolutely help. I have treated many pain condition in the shoulder including post op with great success. Acupuncture can help by decreasing inflammation and Pain plus speed healing. Good luck on your recovery. Lincoln Fraga, Body Balance Acupuncture
Kim Vandeveer (Rohnert Park, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
yes it will help with increase in healing process and strength
Nilsa Compton (Charleston, SC) on Oct 1, 2012
Yes, it helps to reduce inflammation and pain in the body. Acupuncture promotes relaxation and circulation, and is very effective when treating pain. It is most effective when you are treated often, such as 2 times a week for several weeks.
Portia Zheng (Sunnyvale, CA) on Oct 1, 2012
Charles Li (Rego Park, NY) on Oct 1, 2012
Marco Di Bonaventura (King Of Prussia, PA) on Oct 1, 2012
Acupuncture generally works great for post operative surgery conditions. Acupuncture along with Chinese herbal medicine and tuina(chinese massage) work wonderful.
Martin Schweizer (Encinitas, CA) on Sep 30, 2012
I would expect needling specific local points as well as th"shoulder extra point" and long range points located halfway down the outside of the lower leg and one finger width from the tibia to be effective.
Flo Lawrence (Woodland Hills, CA) on Sep 30, 2012
Yes, acupuncture will help with post op pain from shoulder surgery, most definitely as well as moxibustion for scar tissue.
Flo Lawrence (Woodland Hills, CA) on Sep 30, 2012
Yes, acupuncture will help with post op pain from shoulder surgery, most definitely as well as moxibustion for scar tissue.
Carrie Cimperman (Temecula, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Yes most likely it will. Acupuncture before, and after surgery allows for faster healing times also!
Donna Cain (New Canaan, CT) on Sep 29, 2012
Yes, acupuncture is good for post operative pain. It also is helpful in the healing process. Patients can usually reduce their reliance on pain meds quite significantly once they start acupunture.
Maureen Fox (Manchester, MO) on Sep 29, 2012
Absolutely. There are many, many studies documenting the use of acupuncture for post-op pain (and nausea.) Because it moves the qi and blood, it improves the blood flow accelerates healing, reduces pain and inflamation
Eric Carlisle (Lake Forest, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
yes, acupuncture is a terrific therapy for post surgical pain, especially from shoulder surgery. In addition to your pain relief acupuncture also helps accelerate the healing process allowing you to return to your life and the things you love doing faster than conventional therapies alone. in conjunction with physical therapy you should see great results.
Chang Oh (Stevenson Ranch, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
post op pain can be helped with moxibustion with herbal tea.
Portia Barnblatt (San Francisco, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Absolutly. Acupuncture not only helps the post op pain, but also speeds up the recovery.
Katalin Csoka (Mission Viejo, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Most definitely, YES. I love to include moxibustion too.
Mary Maurer (Cave Creek, AZ) on Sep 29, 2012
Acupuncture and Asian Medicine are very helpful for any type of post opt surgery pain. Why, most likely the energy channels have been cut through in that area causing blockages of energy around the scar tissue, which may also cause referral pain. Which relates to inflammation in Western medicine, and that causes pain. Acupuncture releases the inflammation without drug therapy and the pain stops both at the site and any referring pain!
Kexin Bao (Rosemead, CA) on Sep 29, 2012
Yes! Acupuncture/moxibustion/herbal medicine etc. are helpful for such condition. Please contact me via phone (626) 288-1199. Dr. Kexin Bao. L.Ac., Ph.D.
Serena Bordes (Boca Raton, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
Acupuncture is superior at treating pain. Actually, the sooner you can start your treatments, the better chance you have at speeding the healing/recovery time, managing pain, and enhancing range of motion and motility. I highly encourage you to give acupuncture a try in your post op recovery treatment regime. Please feel free to contact me to set up an appointment at your earliest convenience. Warmly, Dr. Serena Bordes Acucare Healing Center Boca Raton, FL
Soon Pak (Bayside, NY) on Sep 28, 2012
Yes. It will help you by moving stagnant energy in your shoulder area.
Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Sep 28, 2012
Acupuncture is the best treatment you can have post surgery to help your body recover faster.
Shohreh Younessian Pedouim (Los Angeles, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
in this kind of conditions, People respond to acupuncture differently, when I get a question like this I always ask the patient to try at least four sessions of acupuncture and you will be the best judge. the course of acupuncture is 12 sessions but you must see a little difference after 4 sessions.
Michael Costa (Culver City, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
Acupuncture is very effective for helping with post operative pain. You can begin treating immediately after surgery using distal points away from the area of incision. You will need to get your physicians approval to begin treatment.
Crystal Dmytryk (New York, NY) on Sep 28, 2012
Absolutely! It will help with pain and to speed up healing!
Paul Mosier (Amherst, NH) on Sep 28, 2012
Yes. Acupuncture releases the body's own natural endorphins, which stop pain. Acupuncture can help reduce inflammation, break up scar tissue, and encourage faster healing so that your post-operative recovery time is shortened.
Bill Rice (West Palm Beach, FL) on Sep 28, 2012
I had my shoulder operated on July 20, 2012. So i can tell you from personal experience that acupuncture will help post op pain. Continue with icing the shoulder and rehab as prescribed by your surgeon and add acupuncture for continued pain. Good Luck
Dan Wu (Beverly Hills, CA) on Sep 28, 2012
Daniel Bernstein (Brooklyn, NY) on Sep 28, 2012
Acupuncture is extremely beneficial for post-op pain from shoulder surgery. We have various strategies to choose from; in one we place the pins distally (at a distance) from the surgery site; later, if there is a scar, we may do scar therapy to lessen or eliminate any lingering pain due to disrupted and damaged connective tissue.
Julie Lee (Portland, OR) on Sep 28, 2012
Yes.! Acupuncture treatment help to relieve your shoulder pain after surgery. Acupuncture with Moxibustion/Cupping therapy are good combinations to your surgery/pain area. Its make your muscle to relaxation and relieve pain:) Also Auricular therapy is good for shoulder and calm your mind.
Jennifer Winer (Golden Valley, MN) on Sep 28, 2012
Acupuncture can be very effective for post-op pain. It helps to bring swelling down, get circulation to the affected area, decrease pain and decrease healing time.