K~CANN Pittsburgh Chiropractic
2415 Sarah Street
Pittsburgh, Pa 15203
Finding the right doctor in the Pittsburgh area to provide you with safe and effective acupuncture treatment can be a daunting task. The first thing you need to know is that to practice acupuncture in the State of Pennsylvania, a practitioner must be licensed. So before you trust your health to a practitioner, check his or her license. The next thing you need to know is that there are many types of licensed practitioners of acupuncture in the state. Some are also doctors of medicine, others doctors of osteopathy some are doctors of chiropractic, in addition to being licensed to administer acupuncture to patients. Many other practitioners of acupuncture are not doctors. Next consider that there are many different styles and systems of acupuncture. Some are based on tradition, folklore or even superstition. Other systems are based on modern science, neurology and scientific clinical studies. The first thing you need to consider is the expected results from your treatment. It is true that results may vary from one patient to another, but you should find a practitioner who is experienced and has a track record of good results for his or her patients.
Does it hurt? Some systems of acupuncture are designed to aggressively stimulate the acupuncture points. This can be an unpleasant experience. Other styles of acupuncture strive to be completely painless. It's important to know the philosophy of the acupuncturist, before you let him or her start to insert needles into your body.
Depending on the insurance company, your individual coverage and the practitioner you choose, some insurance plans may help you pay for your acupuncture treatment. Other practitioners that don't participate with insurance plans will charge you a strict out-of-your-pocket cash fee for your treatment. Fees for acupuncture can vary widely. Almost all acupuncture treatment requires multiple visits. The typical number of treatments can also vary greatly. So be sure to discuss insurance, out-of-pocket fees and the typical length of a treatment plan with the practitioner, before you start your treatment.