Acupuncture could be solution to pain problem

Colyer, who recently joined UC Health after completing her residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, is licensed to practice acupuncture. Based at Drake Center, she sees both inpatients and outpatients at the rehabilitative care center in Hartwell.

“What really interested me when I chose PM&R were the chances for complementary medicines such as acupuncture,” says Colyer. “It’s another way of helping injured people get back into the community with more function and a better quality of life.”

Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. The term refers to a variety of procedures and techniques involving the stimulation of anatomical points of the body, but it’s most often associated with needles manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.

According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, (NIH) the 2007 National Health Interview Survey found that an estimated 3.1 million U.S. adults and 150,000 children had used acupuncture in the previous year, an increase of about 1 million people over the 2002 survey.

Acupuncture practitioners in the U.S. must be licensed (Colyer, who also specializes in stroke rehabilitation at Drake, took intensive course work in acupuncture outside of her regular medical training), and acupuncture needles are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to meet requirements that they be sterile, nontoxic and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.

“There are a lot of uses for acupuncture, but the treatment I’ve learned is exclusively for pain management,” says Colyer. “So if muscles are tight, or having spasms, when we insert needles into the muscles it loosens them up and people feel a lot more relaxed and more comfortable.”

Numerous studies of exactly how acupuncture works have been inconclusive, but the Western view is that it likely works by stimulating the central nervous system to release chemicals that dull pain, in addition to stimulating blood flow and tissue repair at the site itself.

Treatment techniques can also include electrical stimulation, using two needles at a time so the impulse passes from one needle to the other.

“People want to see clinical trials, but it’s hard to do that because you can’t get a good control group,” says Colyer. “For example, how do you fake acupuncture well?”

Treatment regimens vary depending on the patient, and some insurance carriers may cover acupuncture while others may not. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recommends that prospective patients check with their insurer before they start treatment.

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Acupuncture is a suggested relieves pain:

  • Low-Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis/Knee Pain
  • Headache
  • Other Conditions

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Chronic pain in the muscles and joints can make life miserable. Standard treatments like ice and heat, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and appropriate exercises can often ease the pain. But when they don’t, acupuncture is an option with a good track record that’s worth considering.

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Exercise Reduces Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

A new study in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society, has found that those who suffer from chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) may fell an increase in pain with acute exercise, but over the long-term, exercise has the opposite outcome and reduces pain.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin tested levels of experimental pain sensitivity in Gulf War veterans that suffered from CMP similar to fibromyalgia and compared the results with healthy soldiers.

Although the vets reported greater, more intense leg pain during initial exercise sessions, regular exercise over the long-term appeared to reduce the pain threshold. In addition, regular exercise is critical for reducing the risk of long-term disability and mood disorders.

Looking for a pain free life? Exercise is a start.

Remember Exercise is Medicine! Exercise is also a valuable method along with physical therapy when managing chronic pain.  Exercise increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Breathe deep and find a pain management specialist nearest you to start your pain management wellness program.

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U.S. Physical Therapy Elects New Board Member

HOUSTON, Aug 30, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NasdaqGS: USPH), a national operator of outpatient physical therapy clinics, today reported that the Company has increased the size of Company’s Board of Directors from 10 to 11 members and that Harry S. Chapman has been elected to the Board.

Mr. Chapman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chapman Schewe, Inc., a healthcare insurance and employee benefits consulting firm. Previously he served as a Corporate Senior Vice-President and Managed Care Officer of CIGNA’s South Central Region, with responsibility for HMO and PPO plans in several states. Mr. Chapman’s experience also includes having served as head of EQUICOR’s Health Plan and sales operation in Houston and as a Regional Vice-President for Lincoln National Insurance Company’s Central Region.

About U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.

Founded in 1990, U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. operates 371 clinics in 42 states. The Company’s clinics provide preventative and post-operative care for a variety of orthopedic-related disorders and sports-related injuries, non-surgical treatment of osteoarthritis, treatment for neurologically-related injuries and rehabilitation of injured workers. In addition to owning and operating clinics, the Company manages physical therapy facilities for third parties, including hospitals and physician groups. U.S. Physical Therapy was named to Forbes list of America’s 200 Best Small Companies for 2009.

More information about U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. is available at www.usph.com. The information included on that website is not incorporated into this press release. New York offers physical therapy clinics throughout the Manhattan , (NYC), Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Long Island, NY. 

Find Pain Management Clinics in New York that offer physical therapy as a pain treatment option.

SOURCE: U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.

U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.
Larry McAfee, Chief Financial Officer
Chris Reading, Chief Executive Officer
(713) 297-7000
or
Stephanie Carrington / Amy Glynn
The Ruth Group
(646) 536-7017 / 7023

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