Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is extremely effective in treating shoulder pain. There are many conditions that can contribute to shoulder pain such as injury, overuse, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, bursitis, inflammation and arthritis. No matter what causes shoulder pain however, acupuncture has demonstrated an ability to treat multiple factors and can do so at the same time. Acupuncture not only relieves pain but addresses underlying factors such as inflammation and range of motion impingement. This means that the pain is not just masked but that the problem is being healed. This article by ABC News shows that acupuncture relieves pain for a wide array of pain syndromes, including shoulder pain. Adding Chinese herbal formulas that address inflammation and increase circulation to acupuncture treatments increases the effectiveness of the treatments and dramatically reduces healing duration.
The body is pretty amazing and does a great job of healing itself. However, shoulder injuries can take 8-12 months to heal on their own and if left untreated, the healing is often incomplete, leaving lingering pain or loss of function. Patients with acute problems (injuries etc.) respond to treatment quickly but even chronic problems can be treated with acupuncture. While many patients seek out acupuncture only after all else has failed, treating an injury as soon as it happens or as soon as pain is noticed can prevent the problem from becoming chronic in nature and harder to treat.
Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!