Medical Acupuncture Specialist

Pain Institute of Southern Arizona

Pain Management & Pain Medicine located in Tucson, AZ & Oro Valley, AZ

When you try to control acute or chronic pain with medication and surgeries, you could end up with complications and dependence. Medical acupuncture treatments from the pain management specialists at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona relieve pain and restore function while increasing your overall sense of well-being. If you’re looking for a natural, supportive, and holistic way to manage your pain, contact the experts at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona in one of their five offices in Tucson, Oro Valley, and Green Valley, Arizona. Call the friendly staff or book your appointment online today.

Medical Acupunture Q & A

What is medical acupuncture?

Medical acupuncture is a holistic treatment that’s based on increasing circulation and relieving congestion in various points around your body — known as meridians — with thin, sterile, and single-use needles. Acupuncture seems to help your body release endorphins and other pain-relieving chemicals.

Medical acupuncture is practiced by Western-trained medical professionals but based on ancient Chinese medicine traditions. At the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona offices, your acupuncturist may also attach the inserted needles to electrodes, which increase the level of stimulation during your treatment.

How can I use medical acupuncture for pain?

Doctors and pain experts use medical acupuncture to treat a wide variety of pain conditions. Some types of acute and chronic pain that respond well to medical acupuncture include:

  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Disc pain
  • Knee pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches

Medical acupuncture also controls postsurgical pain and more diffuse pain conditions. You may feel immediate relief after your treatment. Most women and men with chronic pain schedule regular visits for maintenance.

Does medical acupuncture hurt?

Your highly-trained acupuncturist inserts the hair-thin needles expertly and quickly. You may feel a pinch or a tingle as the needle enters your skin, but there shouldn’t be any pain. If you feel pain, let your acupuncturist know right away.

What are the benefits of medical acupuncture?

Acupuncture’s goal is to restore your body to its natural state of health and self-healing. As your body heals, you may experience benefits such as:

  • Less to no reliance on pain medication
  • Avoiding the need for surgery
  • Less pain
  • More mobility
  • Better sleep
  • Improved mood
  • A greater sense of well-being

Acupuncture rarely has side effects, but some women and men may experience irritation at the needle insertion site.

Can I use acupuncture if I’m addicted to pain medication?

The pain specialists and acupuncturists at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona are experts at weaning you off opioids or other pain medications while administering pain relief through acupuncture. Eventually, you can get your pain relief primarily from acupuncture, without the need for any potentially addictive drugs.

What happens when I get medical acupuncture?

While you lie on the treatment table, your acupuncturist first inserts a number of needles into the meridians that control the area of your pain. You then rest for about 20 minutes with the needles in place. You may even fall asleep. 

If you’re ready to help your body heal your acute or chronic pain, contact the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona for a medical acupuncture treatment today. Call or use the online appointment scheduler.

What we offer

Pain Ailments and Conditions