Sports Injuries

Acupuncture for athletes and sports injuries

Acupuncture is well known for its effectiveness in reducing most types of pain and healing sports-related injuries. Injuries occurring from sports are mostly due to trauma or overuse involving the musculoskeletal system and its soft tissues. Trauma to these soft tissues, including ligaments, tendons and muscles, are generally the result of falls, blows, sprains, collisions, compressions and disruption of the healing process due to inflammation. Acupuncture can be used to help decrease swelling, spasms and inflammation. Additionally, it can be used to control pain, increase range of motion and promote healing. It can even speed up post-surgical recovery time.

A study conducted at the Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine has shown that acupuncture has measurable effects on the flow of blood to certain areas of the body, which can boost athletic performance.  Acupuncture can also complement physiotherapy and other forms of sports medicine.

Acupuncture can treat common sports injuries:

  • Ankle (e.g., achilles rupture, achilles tendonitis, tendinosis, ankle fractures, sprained ankle)
  • Foot (e.g., bunions, foot fractures, metatarsalgia, plantar fasciitis, turf toe)
  • Knee (e.g., anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprain or tear, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Jumper’s knee, knee cartilage tears, medial collateral ligament strain, meniscus injuries and tears, Osgood-Schlatter Disease, patella femoral syndrome, prepatellar bursitis/tendonitis, shin splints, ligament injuries)
  • Leg (e.g., restless legs, fracture, dislocation, sprains, strains, muscle overuse, muscle bruise, bone bruise)
  • Groin (e.g., pain, strain)
  • Hip (e.g., hamstring injuries, hip arthritis, hip bursitis, hip fractures, hip labral tear, hip pain)
  • Hand &Wrist (e.g., strains, sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain’s tendonitis, Dupuytren’s contracture, hand & wrist tendonitis, hand arthritis, hand fractures, Raynaud’s disease, skiers thumb, thumb arthritis, trigger finger, wrist fractures & sprains)
  • Elbow (e.g., biceps tendon rupture, cubital tunnel syndrome, distal biceps tendon rupture, elbow arthritis, elbow fracture, elbow tendonitis, golfers elbow, lateral epicondylitis, little league elbow, tennis elbow)
  • Shoulder (e.g., arthritis, biceps tendinitis,  labral tears, pain, rotator cuff tears, shoulder dislocation, shoulder impingement )
  • Back (e.g., back injuries, back rehab, degenerative disc disease, upper or lower back pain, lumbar disc problems, sciatica, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, stinger)
  • Neck (e.g., cervical strain, chronic pain, stinger, whiplash, stiffness)
  • Head (e.g., headaches, migraine, concussion, balance)
  • Neck (e.g. Pain, stiffness)
  • Head (e.g. migraine, concussion)