Medical Acupuncture is an outgrowth of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a system of medicine which has been in use for over 2500 years in China and related regions. It incorporates Western Medicine and the knowledge of human physiology and disease with advanced techniques of Acupuncture Energetics. Mainly a refinement of time proven techniques by the French School of Advanced Acupuncture through the 20th Century, the discipline has become increasingly popular in the United States since the early 1970s.
There a several schools of Medical Acupuncture in the United States affiliated with major teaching hospitals and University Medical Centers. The first, and most well known, is the Helms Medical Institute (www.HMIeducation.com), an institution affiliated with Stanford University and the UCLA School of Medicine.
Dr. Spieker received his training in Medical Acupuncture from HMI in 2013-2014, and became Board Certified in Medical Acupuncture in 2015. He is one of a handful of Orthopaedic Surgeons in the country with this training. He has incorporated acupuncture into his orthopaedic practice and treats a variety of musculosketal conditons. Dr. Spieker views Acupuncture as another tool in his tool kit to utilize on the appropriate patient. When combined with Western Medicine, physical therapy and lifestyle modifications, tremendous gains can often be made in the management of common orthopedic and medical conditions.
Some common conditions treated using these techniques are lower back pain, arthritis, overuse and sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff disease, tennis elbow and headaches.
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Cape Gazette Article - January 2015