EASTERN CAROLINA MEDICINE
Q.What is it that you do in pain management?
We use and integrated approach using everything from pain injections, acupuncture, rehabilitation exercises and physical therapy to make you feel better.
Q. Do you prescribe pain medicine?
We do not write prescriptions for long term use of narcotics as they are best managed by your primary care physician.
Q. Will my insurance pay for my treatment?
Insurance doesn't pay for everything, but we will check it and let you know before you talk to the doctor.
Q. I do not have insurance. How much will my visit cost?
That depends on what the doctor does for you, but it is helpful to bring any x-rays, MRI's or other tests results that you have.
Q. What is Acupuncture?
The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.
Q. How does it work?
Research indicates sticking needles into certain points affects the nervous system and stimulates the body's production of natural painkilling chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins, and triggers the release of certain neural hormones including serotonin
Q. Does it hurt?
You may feel a slight tingling sensation as the needle penetrates the skin, but it will disappear quickly. Because the needles are extremely thin, most patients feel no discomfort at all.