Primary Care Falls Church

Acupuncture

Services » Acupuncture

Acupuncture offers an alternative solution to common ailments of pain, psychiatric, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and gynecologic issues.

Services provided by a board certified Internal Medicine physician, and licensed in medical acupuncture.

Initial visit will include an evaluation of the problem and proposed treatment options.

Acupuncture treatments offered:

  • Body acupuncture
  • Ear acupuncture
  • Heat or electrotherapy
  • Cupping
  • Gua Sha

How do I prepare for the visit?

  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing; avoid wearing accessories
  • Avoid heavy meals, alcohol, and planned physical exertion for the rest of the day after treatment

How quickly will I know if it works?

  • Sometimes immediate relief (within 20-30 minutes) but usually the full effect of acupuncture is seen after 1-2 days. However, you may need a few more treatments to maintain the benefit.
  • Usually, a chronic problem will need 2-3 treatments per week for 6-8 weeks, then 1 treatment per week for 1-2 months, then once every 3-6 months.
  • Each treatment plan will take into consideration your needs and preferences.

What are the side effects?

  • There should be minimal side effects. We will take precautions to avoid bleeding and infection. Notify the doctor/acupuncturist if you are on any blood thinners (including aspirin).
  • Reports of serious side effects are very uncommon.

Will it hurt?

  • Acupuncture needles are much thinner than typical medical needles. Sometimes, there is minimal pain at insertion but this will fade during treatment.

Insurance and costs:

  • Please check your insurance for possible coverage of medical acupuncture. Some helpful questions to ask:
    • Does my policy cover acupuncture treatments? (CPT codes 97810, 97811, 97813, 97814)
    • If so, what medical conditions are covered?
    • Do I need a referral from my primary care physician?
    • Is pre-authorization required?
    • Is there a visit or dollar limit per year?
    • What is the deductible?
    • Is there a co-pay?
  • Medicare does not cover acupuncture.
  • Acupuncture costs are typically eligible for Flex Spending reimbursement
  • Base costs if not including insurance coverage
    • Initial treatments cost $75-$100.
    • Additional treatments cost $30 – $50
    • Discounts offered if you do not have insurance coverage
  • Forms to be completed and brought to initial visit. (Acupuncture Forms)
    • Acupuncture intake form
    • Pain assessment scale
    • Functional assessment scale

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