Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points in the body known as acupoints. These points are found along meridians, or a network of channels located throughout the body.


Acupuncture can be used to improve sports performance, prevent injury as well as treat injuries. Ranging from osteoarthritis in the weekend warrior, to workout recovery in the elite athlete, acupuncture can aid in function at all levels.

Listed are the most commonly treated injuries with sports acupuncture:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Arthritis (rheumatoid/osteoarthritis)
  • Concussions
  • Joint pain (hip/knee/ankle/shoulder/elbow/wrist)
  • Low back pain
  • Migraines
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck pain
  • Neuropathies including carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica
  • Overuse injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis (patella, rotator cuff, lateral epicondylitis, medial epicondylitis)
  • Whiplash

With acupuncture there is no one size fits all treatment protocol or response, but with proper evaluation the practitioner can tailor each session to the patient's individual needs.

In addition to traditional non-operative sports medicine, Dr. DeGiorgio specializes in Acupuncture at St. Charles Orthopedics.

She offers some insight on acupuncture on her Tumblr post here:

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