In Search of the Best Pain Clinic in LA: Acupuncture

By | December 9, 2011

We have had the greatest success with acupuncture treating headaches, neck pain and upper back pain.

There is no doubt that acupuncture is helpful for certain chronic pain states. We do not provide acupuncture treatments in the office, but instead utilize the services of an excellent acupuncturist in our building, Mindy Dai, MSOM. She has a fully equipped office and such convenient hours, that I doubt that we could even match her quality no less surpass it. We have had the most success with headache and neck pain patients. In many cases acupuncture follows the therapeutic uses of other types of injection therapy. Its use in frontal or tension headaches is similar to but more short-lived than Botox injections. For neck pain and cervicogenic headaches the effects of acupuncture is reminiscent of the prolonged effects of cervical median branch blocks. Many patients with cervicogenic headaches will experience relief lasting days to weeks from these injections of local anesthetics even though the pharmacologic duration of action for the drug is only 2-4 hours. Clearly the act of placing the needle and or injecting the local anesthetic produces a change in nerve function that is self-sustaining.

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