Medical Acupuncture Specialist

Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain

Pain Management Specialists & Board Certified Anesthesiologists located in Greenville, SC & Spartanburg, SC

You’re tired of being in pain, but wary of addictive medications or other therapies that only stop symptoms without resolving the underlying issues. Medical acupuncture at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain — a premier pain management practice in North and South Carolina — is a safe, effective way to heal your body and manage acute and chronic pain. If you live in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, or West Columbia, South Carolina, or Asheville or Gastonia, North Carolina, find the location nearest you and contact the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain team by phone or online form.

Medical Acupuncture Q&A

What is medical acupuncture?

Medical acupuncture is a type of Chinese medicine that Western physicians incorporate into their practices to treat a variety of conditions without drugs or surgery. In science-based medical acupuncture, your doctor inserts sterile, hair-thin needles into key points around your body, called meridians. The needles promote increased circulation and also prompt your body to produce and release various chemicals, including the “feel good” hormones known as endorphins.

To increase the power of the acupuncture needles, your doctor may add electrical stimulation. The goal of medical acupuncture treatments is to unblock energy, increase circulation, and trigger the production of key chemicals so that your body functions more efficiently and heals injured or damaged areas.

Does acupuncture hurt?

You shouldn’t feel any more pain than a slight pinch when your doctor or nurse inserts or removes the needles. Medical acupuncture is so relaxing that you may fall asleep during your 20-minute treatment.

What conditions can medical acupuncture treat?

At the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain, the medical professionals use acupuncture to treat a variety of chronic and acute pain conditions. Some conditions that respond well to acupuncture treatments include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated disc

Regular acupuncture treatments may help you stop or reduce potentially addictive pain medications, and avoid more aggressive therapies, such as surgery.

What are the advantages of medical acupuncture?

Medical acupuncture helps you harness the power of your body’s own pain-killing chemicals without causing addiction or side effects. Because medical acupuncture is a healing therapy that increases the efficiency of your body’s functions, you may experience benefits such as:

  • Less to no pain
  • Increased mobility
  • Improved mood
  • Relief of depression and anxiety
  • Better sleep 

Acupuncture also increases general health and reduces your risk of pain or disability in the future.

How many medical acupuncture treatments do I need?

You probably require a number of acupuncture treatments to restore your body’s flow of energy. While you may feel immediate relief after your first treatment, many patients need 1-2 treatments per week for the first month, and monthly or bi-monthly maintenance treatments. Your doctor discusses your condition and the recommended length of therapy when you come for a medical acupuncture consultation. 

To get started with natural pain relief, contact the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain about medical acupuncture. Call the location nearest you, or book an appointment with the online request form.