Sports Injuries

There’s a reason that professional sports teams like the Denver Broncos and Arizona Diamondbacks employ licensed acupuncturists on their teams: Because treating sports injuries with acupuncture works – the evidence of its effectiveness is overwhelming.

Our state and nationally certified acupuncturists have used acupuncture to treat sports injuries such as:

  • Shin splints
  • Ankle sprain
  • Low back strain
  • Knee pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Pitcher’s shoulder
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • And more …

The Effects of Treating Sports Injuries with Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for sports injuries because it reduces pain, increases range of motion, increases recovery, decreases healing time and strengthens weakened parts of the body. Drs. Crum and Shelhav combine a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere with a gentle treatment technique to treat sports injuries.

Among the effects that are accomplished with acupuncture for sports injuries:

  • Decreased inflammation
  • Reduced swelling
  • Relaxed muscles and relieved spasms
  • Decreased bruising
  • Lowered body pain response
  • Improved blood circulation to increase delivery of nutrients and removal of toxins

Take It From the Pros

Phoenix Suns basketball All-Star Grant Hill has used acupuncture to treat his injuries for several years.

       “I just think because of my injuries, I’ve consulted and talked to many medical people about diet, about training and what it takes for the body to recover,” Hill told “Acupuncture – if it makes me feel good then I’m gonna do it. It helps with recovery, so I’ve been willing to incorporate that into my preparation.”

Acupuncture originated centuries ago in Aisa, where it is believed that the body contains pathways that carry energy – chi – and the acupuncture needles unblock energy.

When Charles Barkley was with the Suns in the early ’90s, he developed a sore neck that wouldn’t let him turn his head.

“Charles, the big man with all of the big talk, was shy of the needles when he came in,” Guoliang Cao, L.Ac., Doctor of Chinese Medicine, told “But when I put them in and he didn’t feel them and he could play the game the next day, he was convinced.”

Acupuncture Is A Proven Option

A  recent Johns Hopkins study found that people with chronic tendinitis or arthritis resulting from a sports injury who used acupuncture as a treatment had less pain and disability. There is widespread evidence that acupuncture can aid healing and resolution of sports injuries, including reducing pain, increasing local microcirculation and attracting white blood cells to the area, both of which speed the healing rate, and aid dispersal of swelling and bruising.

Need More Information?

If you would like more information on how acupuncture can help you with a sports injury, please call us today at (505) 263-7248.

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