Acupuncture, tuina, and moxibustion are useful tools in the treatment of pain along the spine. We believe that low risk techniques such as acupuncture should be the first line of therapy for radiculopathy, sciatica, disc disease, and spinal stenosis as well as injuries to the neck, spine, and joints.
Somewhat less well known than acupuncture and moxibustion, tuina is a technique that reduces painful areas and trigger points through application of light pressure using the hands. Unlike the forceful manipulations used in some traditions, the type of tuina we favor does not involve any forceful or high velocity movements. Thus it is normally well tolerated and comfortable for patients of all ages.
Post surgical pain is also a significant problem that acupuncture, tuina, and moxibustion may address. Concerns about the side effects and addictive qualities of drugs used to treat pain has increased interest in using tuina and acupuncture for chronic post surgical pain and complex pain disorders such as causalgia, reflex sympathetic distrophies, and phantom limb pains.
Injuries from gymnastics and contact sports are another area where acupuncture techniques can be usefully applied. Forces applied to the skull as well as the limbs can be transmitted to the spine and brain through the network of muscular and bone attachments which connect our bodies together. Any injury which causes loss of consciousness, or any neurologic change should be treated without delay as these may represent a concussion. For the same reason, injuries to the "tailbone" or coccyx should be treated as soon as possible.
Our experience with acupuncture and herbal medicine suggests that acupuncture treatment often results in pain relief, decrease of swelling, reduced stiffness, and a return to better function and range of motion. Side effects from surgery, such as nerve damage, unpleasant sensations in the trunk and legs, and even weakness can sometimes be reduced.
Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced Oriental medicine in Cleveland since 1980. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.