Sports Injuries

Sports Injury Treatment and Rehabilitation by Acupuncture

Sports Related Injuries Commonly Treated by Acupuncture

  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Muscle contusions
  • Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries
  • Hip bursitis
  • Groin injury
  • Illiotibial band syndrome
  • Hip flexor strain
  • Hamstring strain
  • Knee ligament and meniscus injuries
  • Calf pain/cramps
  • Shin splints
  • Ankle pain/strain
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Wrist pain/strain
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Post operative rehabilitation

Growing number of professional and armature sports teams have been employing acupuncturists to treat injuries and keep players in top condition

Kobe Bryant Tweet Acupuncture

Examples of top athletes who have used acupuncture:

Major League Baseball (MLB)

Mark McGwire, Vernon Wells, Chan Ho Park, David Cone

National Football League (NFL)

Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Matt Hasselbeck, Regan Upshaw, Marcellus Wiley, Will Demps, Brian Russell

National Basketball Association (NBA)

Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming, Allan Houston, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwayne Wade, Grant Hill, Charles Barkley

National Hockey League (NHL)

Jim McMahon, Matt Hasselback, Jaromir Jagr, Paul Kariya

Tennis Players

Maria Sharapova, Martina Hingis

Figure Skaters

Kim Yuna, Mao Asada, Elvis Stojko

Speed Skaters

Kevin Overland


Michele Wie, Fred Couples

Track and Field

Carl Lewis, Paula Radcliffe

Ironman triathlete

Paula Newby-Fraser, Dave Scott


Many championship racehorses in US, Europe, and Japan


Sports Injury Treatment and Conditioning Using Acupuncture

Tim H. Tanaka, Ph.D.

Sports Injury Treatment


2 thoughts on “Sports Injuries”

  1. Hello:

    I am a marathoner and I have pain in my whole right leg. From my hip, all the way down to the plantar fascia.
    Will acupuncture and moxibustion help me get well?

    • Acupuncture and moxibustion could be helpful for your condition. How well and how quickly you will respond to the treatment is largely depended on the history and underlying cause of your condition.

      Your pain might have been resulted from a lumbar disk injury, causing radiating pain to the foot along sciatic nerve (sciatica). The sciatic nerve can also be irritated by periformis muscle strain/spasm (which is more common in females). Or it could be related to a foot condition such as planter facilities or some other conditions.

      Unfortunately, you may have to stop or modify your running schedule during the treatment/healing process. The good news is natural healing methods such as acupuncture and moxibustion can be highly effective in most cases.

      It is best to consult with qualified practitioners in your local area for a proper diagnosis and treatment and we hope you will find the care you need.

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