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Industrial Medicine

Interventional Pain Management

Electrodiagnostic Medicine

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809 Sylvan Ave #400

Modesto CA, 95350

p: 209 529-4422





Acupuncture for Pain Management | Epidural Spinal Injections | EMG | Sports Medicine in Modesto, California - Dr. Jackie Chan

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Acupuncture Modesto Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Does Dr. Chan use acupuncture for acne, allergies, back pain, smoking cessation, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc?

Dr. Chan mainly performs acupuncture for pain management since he is a pain specialist. In general, the most accepted and studied indication for acupuncture is pain. He uses this alternative / complementary treatment option mainly on pain syndromes to help symptoms caused by, but not limited to, the following problems:

  • back pain, neck pain, should pain, arm pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • cervical disc degeneration
  • cervical radiculitis
  • cervical sprain
  • strain: knee strain, leg strain, etc
  • herniated disc
  • lateral epicondylitis
  • limb pain
  • lumbar sprain
  • lumbar disc degeneration
  • lumbosacral sprain
  • meniscus medial tear
  • myofacial pain syndrome
  • neuropathic pain
  • osteoarthrosis
  • paresthesia
  • pinched nerve
  • shoulder, upperarm strain
  • spinal stenosis
  • surgical fusion of spine cases
  • tendonitis
  • thoracic radiculitis
  • thoracic sprain
  • trochanteric bursitis
  • wrist strain


2. How long has Dr. Chan been doing acupuncture?

For over ten years. Dr. Chan has incorporated acupuncture as a complementary and alternative treatment option in his pain management practice since 1998.


3. How many acupuncture / accupuncture sessions are needed?

Usually Dr. Chan requests a series of ten acupuncture / accupuncture sessions to be authorized by insurances (for workers' comp patients or managed care patients, for cash pay patients no authorization is needed). He will perform six acupuncture / accupuncture sessions, followed by a recheck visit, at which time he will evaluate the patient and plan the remaining four sessions.


4. What should I expect during a consultation visit ?

Dr. Chan will first take a detail history and perform a physical exam to determine if you are a good candidate for acupuncture treatment.  If he feels that acupuncture can help you, then he ’ll likely recommend an initial trial of 6 visits (2 times per week for 3 weeks) to determine how well it will work.


5. What type of acupuncture needles is used?

The needles are FDA approved stainless steel single use disposable needles which are very thin (close to the diameter of a hair).  The needles that Dr. Chan uses in his office are SEIRIN brand which are made in Japan.  The type of acupuncture needles is widely considered to be the “Rolls-Royce” of acupuncture needles.


6. Where can I find more information on acupuncture?

Here are some good references on acupuncture:

  • An Overview of Medical Acupuncture by Joseph Helms, M.D.
  • The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture website has some valuable information on acupuncture.
  • In addition, more information on acupuncture can be found on the National Institution of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement.
    "... promising results have emerged, for example, showing efficacy of acupuncture in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma, in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program."



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