Sports Acupuncture is an integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (acupuncture) with western Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. We fuse information from the East and West, utilizing ancient wisdom and modern science. This combination allows an acupuncturist to create a more precise treatment plan based of the combined knowledge of eastern and western ideas. For treatment we use a combination of acupuncture, massage, stretching, and exercises.

The style of acupuncture that we use was developed by Whitfield Reaves who has been specializing in treating athletes since the early 1980’s. With experience treating olympians, professional triathletes, runners, cyclists, and weekend warriors of all sports. He also is the Author of
The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain and teaches seminars on the subject all over the world. For more information on Whitfield, please visit his website www.boulderacupuncturesportsmedicine.com

COMMON TREATABLE INJURIES

The first list of injuries are ones that respond very well to acupuncture, however it is not a complete list of treatable injuries. Instead it is here to give you an idea of what type of conditions respond well to acupuncture. I have also included some injuries that are treatable but can be difficult at times. The last list is conditions that, although acupuncture may help with the pain, it will not help eliminate the cause.

Highly treatable injuries
Iliotibial band syndrome
Achilles tendonitis
Supraspinatus strain/tendonitis
Infraspinatus strain/tendonitis
Hamstring strain
Trochanteric bursitis
Neck pain from Levator Scapula
Shin splints
Ankle Sprain
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
MCL/LCL mild sprain
Frozen shoulder
Petellofemoral joint syndrome
AC joint dysfunction
Gluteus medius/minimus dysfunction

More difficult, but still treatable
Medial/lateral epicondylitis
Bicipital tendonosis
Carpal tunnel
Hip arthritis
Back pain (very dependent on the underlying factors)
Plantar fasciitis (responds well to treatment but the needles can be painful)


Acupuncture may not be the best treatment for these problems
When the structure is significantly impaired such as:
Medial meniscus tear
Subluxating ulnar nerve
Severe ligament and tendon sprains
Metatarsal Neuroma