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Is Acupuncture a Safe Alternative to Steroid Injections?

In the 1940s, many doctors were recommending cortisone to patients who were suffering with injuries. It proved to be especially effective on injuries like tennis elbow that didn’t respond well to other types of treatment. A cortisone injection could provide months worth of relief to people and help them live more normal lives without having to worry about dealing with pain on a regular basis.

But one of the major problems with cortisone shots—as well as corticosteroid shots that are also prescribed for pain—is that they don’t typically promote healing in a person’s body. Rather, they simply work to mask the pain they’re feeling, and as a result, people usually need to go back and get another injection later once the effects from the original one wear off. It starts a vicious cycle during which people get relief from their pain through the use of injections only to have to go back again and again once the pain returns. They’re never able to heal properly.

Acupuncture is different, which is why it’s often hailed as a safe and more reliable alternative to cortisone injections. Although acupuncture has traditionally been used to treat back pain, it’s worth noting that it can also help those suffering with injuries to the neck, shoulders, knees, elbows, and other areas of the body. Additionally, acupuncture techniques stimulate the release of endogenous corticosteroids, which are proven to be effective for those suffering from a variety of emotional and psychological issues as well as digestion disorders, head, eyes, ears, nose, and throat problems, and more. It can help those dealing with conditions that have not been helped by Western medicine, and it can provide long-lasting relief by promoting actual healing versus the short-term relief offered by cortisone injection.

If you’re currently looking for an effective pain management treatment or you want to promote natural healing in a specific part of your body, we suggest skipping the injections with side effects and trying natural endorphins instead. WellStream Acupuncture specializes in providing acupuncture treatment in Los Angeles, CA and can set you up with an appointment. Call us at 323-463-9355 today to arrange to have acupuncture done.