San Diego Acupuncture Pain Center
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago. The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with solid, extremely fine, stainless steel filiform needles.
Does It Hurt?
The biggest question we get with regard to acupuncture is the famous ‘Does it hurt?’ The short answer is, no, not as much as you probably think.
What do we mean by that? Well, when the majority of people hear the word ‘needle’ they immediately make an association with a hypodermic needle and getting a ‘shot’ at a doctor visit. The problem with that is two fold 1) hypodermic needles are a heavier gauge (thickness) than acupuncture needles 2) the real pain involved with getting a shot is not from the needle penetrating the skin but from the actual injection of the liquid into the body.
The discomfort you might feel when an acupuncture is tapped into position is not nearly as bad as a single hair being pulled out. In fact, the majority of the time the you won’t even feel the needle penetrate at all.
Does It Work?
There have been many studies on acupuncture’s potential usefulness and promising results have emerged showing efficacy of acupuncture.
Acupuncture treatments have shown results related to:
- Neck Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Low-Back Pain
- Myofascial Pain
- Knee Pain
- Postoperative & Chemotherapy Nausea
- Stroke Rehabilitation
- Tennis Elbow
Does My Health Insurance Cover Acupuncture?
This is a frequently asked question and in many cases the answer is yes. Please give Leslie our clinic manager a call 858-467-9893 to verify your insurance coverage before your appointment. A few of the insurance companies we currently contract with that do cover acupuncture:
Anthem/Blue Cross of California
Blue Shield of California
Coventry Health Care
Does Workers Compensation Cover Acupuncture?
California Labor Code Section 4600 specifically mandates that employers must provide injured workers with appropriate treatment including acupuncture, if needed, according to ACOEM guidelines.
Let us do the work for you, we are on most MPN’s and will be happy to contact your primary treating physician or workers compensation insurance adjuster for pre-authorization to start acupuncture treatment ASAP.
Make an appointment! As the saying goes ‘you won’t know unless you try’. Give us a call today to visit our San Diego acupuncture office in Clairemont. If you are looking for a New Acupuncturist in Clairemont or trying Acupuncture in San Diego for the first time? Try the $95 Acupuncture + FREE 50 Min Massage Special.
We look forward to being apart of your healing process!!
Reviews From Around The Web
I have spent 2 1/2 years suffering from tendonitis in both elbows. After numerous visits to the doctor I finally decided to try acupuncture. I cannot believe I waited so long! After one treatment Shaheed got my pain to a much lower level. Almost gone really. I went right back to work (the cause of the inflammation) thinking it would be immediately triggered and painful again. NOPE! Whatever Doc did it stood the test!.. Shaheed is very personable, and I made me feel as if I was dealing with a sports med type practitioner. He described the procedure clearly in laymen (Western) terms, making me feel at ease, as well as informed as to how acupuncture works. Yes I am a convert, and recommend acupuncture, and particularly Shaheed Abdullah, to everyone!
I have been coming here for about 10 years, thanks to a recommendation from one of my actor friends. Back then, Dr. Dinesh Quatrochi was the acupuncturist, and he got me through lots of issues with his expertise, which included Chinese medicine. Dr. Shaheed Abdullah has continued his standard of excellence and I am so glad their doors are still open. Dr. Shaheed’s background in Orthopedic Acupuncture and Sports Medicine has helped me with dance and workout injury issues, but he has also helped me when I was trying to get pregnant and during my pregnancy. I gave birth a couple of years ago (I am 45 years old) and I have a beautiful toddler son. I also have lupus, so this was no easy feat. Healing is truly an art form here. If you need some help in some area of your health, I highly recommend Dr. Shaheed and HAHC.
Cherry M. 6/7/2013