Research & Articles: Acupuncture for Injuries & Sports Medicine


Acupuncture Reduces Knee Pain, Inflammation, Swelling & Increases Range of Motion:

New research concludes that acupuncture reduces pain and inflammation after knee replacement surgery. The research also finds that acupuncture improves range of motion following knee replacement surgery. Further, physical measurements of the swelling around the knee were significantly lower in the acupuncture group than in the control group.  This study builds on earlier findings that acupuncture benefits the knee. In other recent research, investigators discovered that acupuncture reduces knee pain and increases range of motion for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.


Acupuncture “Sticking It” to Sports Injuries:

A physician explains why for 10 years he has been prescribing acupuncture to his sports injury patients.  He states in the article, "I am continually amazed at the responses in my patients who use acupuncture. I have treated multiple athletes who have sustained acute strains and sprains with acupuncture. They returned to exercise in almost half the time it normally takes. The beauty of acupuncture is that there are little, if any, potential side effects. Acupuncture is also a great treatment for chronic musculoskeletal issues like tendonitis, bursitis and arthritis by improving energy flow over these inflamed regions."


The Summer 2012 Olympics Bring Acupuncture to the Forefront in Sports Medicine:

Many professional Olympic athletes employ an acupuncturist to keep in top shape.  To maintain peak performance, it’s not uncommon for athletes to have consistent treatments with an orthopedic acupuncturist. These treatments can range from acupuncture to cupping or Chinese herbology. An acupuncturist with orthopedic training can treat tendonitis, acute trauma like bruising, swelling, and muscle, tendon, and ligament injuries, as well as chronic pains such as low back, shoulder, knee and ankle pain, often caused by a sprain.


Acupuncture for Rheumatoid Arthritis & Chronic Pain:

This article discusses how acupuncture can be effective in treating several diseases and conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain, low back pain, neck or muscle pain, and pain after surgery. 


Acupuncture for Sports Performance Enhancement:

Many professional and amateur athletes use both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines as a part of their training and conditioning program.  Acupuncture is used for athletes in the treatment of injuries and musculoskeletal and constitutional imbalances, and is often effective for relieving muscle pain and spasm and improving circulation to tense or injured tissues.   Acupuncture can be especially effective for tendon and ligament sprain/strains and chronic injuries which have been poorly responsive to other types of treatment.


Celebrity Athletes Using Acupuncture in NFL, NBA, PGA

Morten Anderson, field goal kicker for NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, receives two acupuncture treatments per week as part of his ongoing healthcare program. At age 47, he is the second oldest player ever in the National Football League and is the NFL’s all-time leading scorer. Other NFL greats to utilize acupuncture include Joe Montana and defensive lineman Michael Strahan. In NBA basketball, Dwyane Wade uses acupuncture for knee and shoulder pain. Other basketball stars using acupuncture include Shaquille O’Neal, Jason Kidd, and Vladimir Radmonovic. In professional golf, Fred Couples has utilized acupuncture to treat severe back pain.


Acupuncturist Treats 40 N.F.L. Players in 4 Cities:

A New York Times article about the use of acupuncture in pro football.  Players say their acupuncture sessions are their most important treatment. They feel more loose, more flexible. As Pittsburgh linebacker James Farrior said about his acupuncture: “I’m not the same if I don’t have it. It’s like getting the game plan. You can’t go into the week without either one.”


Acupuncture Helps Soccer Team Go to World Cup:

“Elvis,” as he is frequently called, of the Scotland Edenburough’s Hearts soccer team was badly fouled and could barely walk on a leg so painful that both he and the press called it, “a dead leg.”  After two days of extensive Acupuncture treatment, Elvis declared himself fit to make the crucial World Cup double header with Belarus and Slovenia. Defender Elvis turned to the ancient Chinese medical treatment of acupuncture and declared it a success as he prepared to join up with his international teammates.  He said: 

“I’ve had a couple of acupuncture sessions to treat injuries before. I had another course after the Falkirk game, and there has been definite improvement in the injury over the last couple of days.”


Dwyane Wade Turns to Acupuncture Therapy to Soothe Knee

NBA basketball player Dwyane Wade has used acupuncture to treat tendonitis of the knee and also shoulder pain.  A number of NBA players have tried acupuncture in recent years, including New Jersey guard Jason Kidd, Los Angeles Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic and even Wade's teammate Shaquille O'Neal -- who said he utilized it during the 2001 playoffs, when he was with the Lakers.

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