Orthopaedic acupuncture is a specialised form of acupuncture that focuses on the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as joint pain, muscle tension, nerve entrapment and sports injuries. It combines traditional acupuncture techniques with modern orthopaedic assessment and treatment methods to provide a comprehensive approach to pain management and injury rehabilitation.
In orthopaedic acupuncture, the acupuncturist evaluates the patient’s musculoskeletal condition by taking a detailed medical history, performing a physical examination, and identifying imbalances or dysfunctions in the body’s musculoskeletal system. Based on this evaluation, the acupuncturist designs a personalised treatment plan that may involve acupuncture, manual therapy, exercise therapy, and other complementary modalities.
During an orthopaedic acupuncture treatment, thin needles are inserted at specific acupuncture points to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes and regulate the flow of Qi (energy/nerve stimulus) and blood to the affected area. The acupuncturist may also use manual techniques such as cupping, or massage as well as electrical stimulation of the needles heat and topical linaments to promote healing. Orthopaedic acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other forms of conventional medical treatment such as strength training or medication, and can help to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and speed up the healing process.