EA is a form of acupuncture where the needles once placed at acupuncture points are then connected by way of aligator clips to certain of the needles. A small pulsed direct current (painless) is passed from the negative wire through the needles inbetween to the positive wire. The needle naturally generates small currents of healing, but the addition of this generator in many conditions makes the treatment more effective.
Below is a listing of EA evidence-based treatment guidelines by the National Guideline Clearinghouse presented by the CAOMA (Council of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) and the Foundation for Acupuncture Research published December, 2004.
The Quality of Evidence listed for each condtion has 4 levels. Level I is the highest level, Level IV is the weakest. Strength of recommendation is also listed for each condition and has 5 Grades: A is the highest, E is the least.
Some of the conditions listed in the guide with grades:
Head and Neck: Tension headache, Migraine HA, Sinus HA, Cervicogenic HA, TMJ dysfunction Quality of Evidence: Level 1 Recommendation Grade: A
Neck: Cervical strain and whiplash, Cervical radiculopathy, Cervical Arthritis, Cervical muscle spasm. Quality of Evidence: Level 1 Recommendation Grade: A
Torso and Low Back: Low Back Sprain/Sprain, Lumbar Facet Syndrome, Sciatic Neuralgia, Spondylolesthesis, Degenerative Disk Disease. Level I Grade: A
Hip: Osteoarthritis, Muscle Spasm, Piriformis Syndrome. Level II Grade: A
Knee: Osteoarthritis, Tendonitis. Level I Grade A
Shoulder: Small Rotator Cuff Tears, Frozen Shoulder. Level II Grade A
Fibromyalgia, Level of Evidence: Level II Grade: A
Some other conditions that respond well to EA that are treated in this office.
Sinusitis: Can cause severe, unrelenting headache in the back of the head and upper posterior neck that adjustments to your spine do not help. The pain may be referred from the deep sinuses of the ethmoid and sphenoid, which lie very deep in the skull, unlike the frontal and maxillary sinuses, which lie superficial to the eyes and nose.
When these deep sinuses become congested, there is not the usual sinus pain in the front of the face and eyes. The pain is referred backward to the back of the head and neck. There may not be any stuffiness of the nose or other symptoms that would suggest a sinus problem. Mis-diagnosis is therefore not uncommon.
Patients with this problem have often been under medical treatment that has involved decongestants, analgesics, NSAIDS, and antibiotics, but the severe pain sometimes continues because they fail to drain the deep cavity sinuses.
The Treatment: The treatment consists in using electric acupuncture (EA) that drains these deep sinuses. Sometimes a single treatment alone is required. But usually, 3 to 5 treatments are necessary before the condition is cleared or the trial period is over. We have treated patients who have struggled with this condition for weeks or even months before receiving relief from this procedure.
Runners, in particular, are prone to this problem. We have treated many cases effectively with EA.
This condition is one that usually comes on gradual over time and requires multiple treatments. But EA is often effective treatment. Once in place they are painless.
Many cases of TMJ have been treated in this office effectively with acupuncture. In some cases a combination of ultra sound and acupuncture are used.