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Medical Acupuncture – Delray Beach, FL

Rapid Relief
That Lasts

For patients dealing with chronic musculoskeletal pain who don’t wish to get surgery, Dr. Joel D. Stein and his team of professionals at the Institute for Non-Surgical Orthopedics provide reliable acupuncture therapy. Most patients who choose to undergo medical acupuncture achieve a full recovery after only a few treatments. Find out how this solution can help you by contacting our office today for medical acupuncture in Delray Beach, FL.

Why Choose the Institute for Non-Surgical Orthopedics
for Medical Acupuncture?

  • Conservative Approach to Pain Relief
  • Tailor-Made, Hands-On Method of Treatment
  • Experienced, Compassionate Team of Experts

What is Medical Acupuncture?

Doctor placing medical acupuncture needles

Medical acupuncture is a form of medicine that targets various pressure points throughout the body where nerve endings meet. This established component of traditional Chinese medicine has brought people relief since ancient times. It involves the insertion of thin, stainless-steel needles at key nerve ending locations in the body to alleviate pressure and pain.

Benefits of Medical Acupuncture

Man running without pain thanks to medical acupuncture

Acupuncture therapy has been proven to immediately relieve pain in all areas of the body. This treatment is especially ideal for patients with injuries that require a long recovery process, as it enables them to be comfortable in their daily lives without reliance on medication. Additionally, medical acupuncture doesn’t produce unpleasant side effects. In fact, most patients feel relaxed enough to resume their normal day after an appointment.

Understanding the Cost of Medical Acupuncture

Medical professional administering acupuncture treatment

If you are interested in medical acupuncture, our team is ready to help. However, we understand if you are concerned about the cost of treatment. We always strive to respect our patients’ budgets and be upfront about pricing information. Please give us a call to learn how we charge for our services. In the meantime, you can gain a deeper understanding of the financial aspect of medical acupuncture by reading the information below.

What Is the Average Price of Medical Acupuncture?

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The price of acupuncture depends on a variety of factors, including the provider you choose, your geographic location, and more.

In a 2019 study, acupuncture sessions without insurance averaged $112 for initial visits and $80 for follow-ups. However, you may pay more or less than that. A private acupuncture session could be anywhere from $60 to a few hundred dollars. Some places offer group acupuncture, which tends to have a lower price.

Keep in mind that price is not the only factor to consider when you are deciding where to go for acupuncture. Above all, you want your treatment to be effective, so it is important to prioritize the trustworthiness and credentials of any practitioners you are thinking about visiting.

How Does Medical Acupuncture Compare to Musculoskeletal Surgery?

Medical team performing surgery

Compared to some other treatments, acupuncture is quite affordable. For example, if you have to undergo musculoskeletal surgery, your total hospital bill could amount to tens of thousands of dollars. In fact, the cost of a hip replacement may be close to $45,000 for the surgery alone (not including additional fees that the hospital might charge).

Of course, acupuncture is not always a suitable alternative for surgery, but it is certainly worth exploring conservative options before you commit to any invasive procedures.

Is Medical Acupuncture Covered by Insurance? 

Medical team member handing clipboard to patient

Some health insurance plans do cover medical acupuncture. You should take a close look at your plan to find out how it might apply. Some policies only cover acupuncture if it is for specific conditions. For example, some might cover it for neck and back pain but not for migraines. Others might cover acupuncture only for migraines and other limited purposes.

If your insurance covers acupuncture, you may still need to pay a copay or coinsurance, so do not assume that your costs will be completely covered.

Our practice accepts most forms of medical insurance, and we can answer your questions about how you can go about using your benefits. It would also be wise for you to communicate with your insurer to find out if you need preapproval or if there are other stipulations that may have a bearing on your coverage.

If your insurance does not cover your desired treatment, talk to us about other payment options. We want the process of paying for your care to be as easy as possible.

Medical Acupuncture FAQs

Medical acupuncture is an effective treatment that could heighten your quality of life. However, since it is not a mainstream therapy, you may be eager to gain as much information about it as possible before you book an appointment. To help you, we have put together a list of FAQs about this therapy, along with succinct answers. If your specific questions are not addressed, please contact us directly. We are eager to speak with you!

What Is the Difference Between Medical Acupuncture and Traditional Acupuncture?

Both traditional and medical acupuncture involve the strategic use of needles to lower stress, reduce pain, and produce other benefits. However, the fundamental principles behind the two therapies are quite different.

Traditional acupuncture is founded on the idea of Qi, a supposed flow of energy through the body that affects how it functions. Conversely, medical acupuncture is based on proven principles of human physiology and anatomy. It takes away the spiritual element of traditional acupuncture and focuses more on science.

Does Medical Acupuncture Hurt?

The needles used in medical acupuncture are quite small. You might feel a minor pinch as they are inserted, but it is also possible that you will feel nothing at all. Some patients experience a light cramping sensation. Overall, most people find that the acupuncture experience is both comfortable and relaxing.

Is Medical Acupuncture Safe?

Our team is strongly committed to the safety of our patients. The needles used in treatment are individually packaged and pre-sterilized. They are also disposable, and we never re-use needles for multiple patients. The risk of infection is almost zero.

As far as other aspects of safety go, you can be sure that medical acupuncture is a very low-risk treatment. Unlike drug-based methods of pain relief, it is virtually free of side effects. It is both conservative and effective.

How Often Should I Attend Medical Acupuncture Sessions?

When you come to our Delray Beach office for a consultation, we will learn all the relevant details of your situation before we design a treatment plan. Some patients notice significant results after a single acupuncture session, but it may take several visits to achieve optimum results. After you finish your initial course of treatment, we recommend that you come back for periodic maintenance sessions.

Of course, it is worth nothing that medical acupuncture could be just one part of an overall treatment plan. We might recommend that you see us for other therapies that can complement the acupuncture and help you enjoy the best results possible.

What Conditions Can Medical Acupuncture Treat?

Medical acupuncture is often employed as a method for the relief of chronic pain. It may also be effective for lowering anxiety, improving digestion, promoting high-quality sleep, and more.

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