Course of Treatment Based on Peer Reviewed Clinical Coverage Guidelines Devised by:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Normally an initial course of treatment consists of 12 to 18 treatments over a 4 to 6-week period. However, this may vary depending on complicating factors. As in most types of therapy, the earlier the patient receives treatment, the greater the probability of recovery, fewer sessions are necessary and the shorter the time to recovery.
2-3 treatments per week for 4 weeks, decreasing frequency as symptoms resolve and are reduced with a reevaluation around the 12th visit to determine whether or not recovery goals have been met or if additional treatments are medically necessary.
2-3 treatments per week for up to four weeks. 1-2 treatments per week thereafter for up to 6-8 weeks. This is also the time when a rehabilitation exercise program is usually introduced. Reevaluate after 12th visit.
1-2 treatments per week for 6-8 weeks. Reevaluate after 12th visit.
As in most types of therapy, the earlier the patient receives treatment, the greater the probability of recovery, and the shorter the time to recovery. Acupuncture is commonly utilized in chronic conditions because of effectiveness in pain management and limited treatment options.
Initial course of 1-2 treatments per week for 6-8 weeks. Reevaluate after 12th visit. *For chronic conditions, and in conditions with complicating factors, extended treatment is recommended to observe response to treatment, it make take 10 or more treatments before response is seen.
Acute conditions are severe and sudden in onset. This could describe anything from a broken bone to an asthma attack. A chronic condition, by contrast is a long-developing syndrome, such as osteoporosis or asthma. Note that osteoporosis, a chronic condition, may cause a broken bone, an acute condition. An acute asthma attack occurs in the midst of the chronic disease of asthma. Acute conditions, such as a first asthma attack, may lead to a chronic syndrome if untreated.
From stubbed toes to stomachaches, we all experience pain. In most cases this pain is temporary (or acute), however other times pain can persist for several weeks, months, or years. Its longevity, cause, location, and circumstances all contribute to how providers treat that pain and help you live the healthiest life possible.
Acute pain is the most common type of pain, usually associated with common illnesses or injuries like cuts and sprains, or trauma from a severe accident or major surgery. Acute pain occurs suddenly and usually goes away as you heal.
Minor acute pain can be easily treated through over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, physician therapy or exercise, or alternative treatments. Acute pain from trauma or major surgery may require stronger medicines or more intensive therapies.
Acupuncture is commonly utilized in chronic conditions because of effectiveness in pain management and limited treatment options. However, it should be noted that acupuncture and electro-acupuncture can lead to complete recovery in many neuromuscular (NMS) conditions when it is offered in the acute and sub-acute stages of injury, particularly when used in conjunction with other therapeutic interventions, such as range of motion (ROM) and strengthening exercises and manual manipulation of the soft tissue.
Fewer treatments may be necessary to observe a therapeutic effect and to obtain complete recovery.
An acute illness or injury suddenly occurs with a rapid onset. These conditions tend to resolve quickly on their own or with medical treatment and should be stabilize before treating the underlying cause.
· Sciatica flare-up
· Injury (falling, broken bone, etc.)
· Asthma attack
· Migraine attack
· Diarrhea or colitis attack
· Flu or common cold
· Respiratory infection
· Severe menstrual cramps
Man being injured on a construction site.
If your pain lasts more than three months, it is considered chronic or persistent pain, and you may require help from your provider to understand the cause and determine treatment.
We estimate that nearly one of every four adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain. At East Lake Acupuncture, we rely on experienced primary care providers, expert specialists, and a balanced, interdisciplinary approach to treating both the physical and psychological effects of chronic pain:
Doctor examining a patient's knee.