There are many different methods when it comes to pain relief. Are you suffering from post-surgery chronic pain?

It can be helpful to use natural methods along with the medical ones that your doctor subscribe. One such method is acupuncture.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been around and practiced since ancient Chinese eras. It’s believed that the flow of energy is blocked or interrupted when there is pain or disease in a body. With needles, specific points in the nerves are stimulated in your body. These fine needles can be used by themselves or in combination with heat, pressure or laser technology. It’s considered by many as a safe natural pain relief method.

Consult your doctor to see if they suggest acupuncture for you and your needs.

Acupuncture has been used for many different medical conditions like, pain relief, muscle spasm, headaches, allergies, digestive problems even to promote healthy mood. The one medical problem we will be looking closer at here is post surgery pain relief.

Post Surgery Pain Relief and Acupuncture

Post-surgery chronic pains (PSCP):
 Based on the surgery statistics from Stanford Health Care, approximately 48 million inpatient surgeries are performed in the U.S. in 2009. Up to one-third of this population develops post-surgery chronic pains (PSCP).

PSCP lasts at least two months and can be much longer. It can limit your daily activities and causes much discomfort and inconvenience. This type of pain can also be very costly to manage, as it often requires specific kinds and amounts of pain relief medications.

A clinical trial has shown that acupuncture is associated with PSCP relief. In this study, 70 patients with PSCP after neck surgery reported that acupuncture is more helpful for pain relief than the usual 42-day post-surgical care.

The study suggests that acupuncture provides benefits for both acute and chronic pain, especially neck and shoulder pains that can result from surgeries.

As the study recommends, acupuncture is safe, inexpensive and involves few adverse effects. This is a less invasive pain relief management and may help to recover from PSCP.

 

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that has acquired certain level of popularity. However, you should still always follow your doctor’s instructions, and the acupuncture serves as an extra treatment upon your doctor’s acknowledgement.

It is best to undergo acupuncture performed by experienced and well-trained acupuncturists who always use sterile needles.

Sources:

Pubmed link (Acupuncture & PSCP): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5599964/

Standford healthcare link (surgery statistics): https://stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-clinics/surgery-clinic/patient-resources/surgery-statistics.html

Pubmed link (Acupuncture & PSCP after neck surgery): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2881730/