Pain Management

Benefits of Pain Management

Good for Back Pain

Acupuncture reduced low back pain by releasing difficult-to-access muscle groups and tissue.

Good for Neck Pain

Acupuncture reduces neck tension by removing common knots and neck muscle tension.

Good for Shoulder Pain

Acupuncture reduces shoulder pain by directly stimulating the healing response of delicate rotator cuff muscles.

Good for Sports Injuries

Acupuncture improves athletic performance by targeting common injuries with precision and effective therapy.

Sports Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles that are filiform (solid, not hollow, so they aren’t designed to draw blood) into various areas on the body to induce positive therapeutic outcomes. The primary reason patients seek acupuncture therapy at our clinic is for pain management.

Dr. Heide specializes in the treatment of sports injuries, pain, and musculoskeletal disorders. He uses an integrated approach of traditional acupuncture and orthopedic and sports medicine to treat his patients. Using precise anatomical and orthopedic point prescriptions, such as trigger points and motor points, patient’s experience significant pain reduction.

Common Conditions treated include:
Muscle and tendon injury
Ligament damage, including common sprains
Joint injury as well as chronic arthritis and inflammation
Acute and chronic low back and neck pain
Dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system

Specific Focus Areas: SHOULDER

Muscle strain and tears, tendonitis, and inflammation usually respond to Acupuncture Sports Medicine. Other injuries that benefit include bicepital tendonitis, frozen shoulder, and shoulder impingement syndrome. Dr. Heide has effectively treated the following shoulder conditions:

  • Supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendonitis
  • AC joint separation, AC joint arthritis
  • Bicepital tendonitis, biceps tendonosis
  • Levator scapulae syndrome
  • Stiff Neck
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Pathology to the pectoralis muscle syndrome.
  • Frozen shoulder

Specific Focus Areas: ARM

  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow, climber’s elbow)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis of the wrist, hand, and finger joints

Specific Focus Areas: HIP AND PELVIS

  • Hip (trochanteric) bursitis
  • Osteoarthritis of the hip joint
  • Sacral-iliac joint dysfunction
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • The sacral-tuberous ligament

Specific Focus Areas:  KNEE

  • Ligament sprain (MCL, LCL).
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Patello-femoral joint pain, chondromalacia
  • Ilio-tibial band syndrome

Specific Focus Areas: LEG

  • Shin splints, both anterior and medial
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle sprain
  • “Big toe” (1st MTP joint) osteoarthritis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Pes anserinus inflammation
  • Metatarsalgia
  • achilles bursitis
  • Fat pad syndrome

Common Conditions: TENDONITIS

Commonly treated tendons include:

  • The Achilles tendon
  • Tennis elbow (inflammation of the extensor tendon of the forearm)
  • Climber’s elbow (inflammation of the forearm flexor tendons)
  • Shin splints – (tendinous inflammation to either the anterior or the medial compartment muscles)


  • Arthritis of the hip
  • Osteoarthritis of the 1st metatarsal-phalanges joint (the “big toe”)
  • AC joint arthritis and shoulder bursitis
  • Knee osteoarthritis (anterior, medial, or lateral compartments)
  • Arthritis of the smaller joints of the wrist, hand, and foot.

Both the neck and low back are common patient complaints. Injuries include sprain, strain, bulging or herniated discs, and soft tissue injury. Due to the complexity of both the low back and the neck, we will treat only those patients that can be helped with acupuncture. Low back and neck pain must use an integrated approach, combined with complimentary modalities such as PT, massage, and therapeutic exercises.

Acupuncture may be considered a very effective modality for treating other injuries and pain syndromes. If Dr. Heide thinks he can help you, you will get on his schedule. Those who might benefit from different modalities are referred to the best practitioners in his network and referral system.