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- Electroacupuncture / Electrical stimulation acupuncture. Sometimes this can be more effective than regular acupuncture. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt!
- Osteopathy / osteopathic manipulation. For certain musculoskeletal conditions, I find combining this with acupuncture to be very effective.
- Scalp acupuncture / Neuroacupuncture. This is very useful for certain neurologic conditions as it combines advanced acupuncture needling techniques with modern understanding of neuroanatomy.
- Transcranial electrical stimulation. This can be very helpful for patients with stress, anxiety, PTSD, or even just needle phobia.
- Trigger Point Injections – these can only be done by an MD and can be more effective than acupuncture alone for particularly painful areas.
Medicare will cover acupuncture only in specific cases of low back pain. From the cms.gov website:
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover acupuncture for chronic low back pain under section 1862(a)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act. Up to 12 visits in 90 days are covered for Medicare beneficiaries under the following circumstances:
For the purpose of this decision, chronic low back pain (cLBP) is defined as:
- Lasting 12 weeks or longer;
- nonspecific, in that it has no identifiable systemic cause (i.e., not associated with metastatic, inflammatory, infectious, etc. disease);
- not associated with surgery; and
- not associated with pregnancy.
An additional eight sessions will be covered for those patients demonstrating an improvement. No more than 20 acupuncture treatments may be administered annually. Treatment must be discontinued if the patient is not improving or is regressing.
And yes, Dr. Chee is a participating Medicare provider.