Acupuncture is an alternative treatment method and one of the oldest forms of therapy practiced in the world, effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions. This traditional Chinese treatment involves the insertion of thin needles into the skin into the underlying tissue at precise locations known to help relieve pain and other symptoms.
Acupuncture can be used to treat many different medical conditions, including:
- Postoperative pain
- Headaches, neck and back pain and other orthopedic conditions
- Menstrual cramps
- Fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Sinusitis and asthma
- Gastritis, nausea, vomiting and other gastrointestinal conditions
This treatment is often combined with more conventional ones, such as prescription drugs, to maximize results and allow patients to return to their regular activities more quickly.
During the acupuncture treatment, the needles are inserted into the skin at targeted areas and depths depending on each patient's individual symptoms. Only sterile, single use needles are used during acupuncture in order to ensure patient safety. Patients may experience an aching sensation when the needles reach their desired location. The needles are usually kept in place for five to 20 minutes, and may receive electrical or heat impulses during this time. Patients often undergo a series of weekly or biweekly treatments, usually with 12 total treatment sessions.
It is important for patients to have this treatment performed by a licensed professional, as improper administrations can result in pain and other side effects. Some patients may experience soreness, bleeding and bruising at the site of the injection, but these side effects are usually mild and go away on their own. Patients with bleeding disorders or those taking blood thinning medication should not undergo acupuncture treatment.
In general, acupuncture is a safe procedure with little to no side effects and is effective for most patients, including those who do not respond well to more traditional treatment options. For more information about this treatment, do not hesitate to ask your doctor if your medical condition can benefit from acupuncture.
Fees - Current as of April 1st, 2014
- $130 New patient visit (History, Physical Exam, first treatment session)
- $90 Follow up (Interval history, exam, and treatment)
- Patients may purchase 5-visit packages (10% off)
Unfortunately, few insurance companies currently cover acupuncture services, even if provided by a doctor. Some that do not include Medicare, Medicaid, and HMO plans such as Aetna and Keystone East. Some Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and other Aetna plans may offer some benefits. If you think your plan may cover your treatments, please contact them directly before your visit.
Dr. Mathews is NOT currently on any participating provider panels. Your insurance may say he is, but this is likely only for Family Medicine in Lehigh Valley, not acupuncture in Harleysville. They are separate practices.
If your plan does cover all or part of your treatments, you will be given a receipt/superbill that contains the charges, diagnoses, and procedure codes. You can submit this to your insurance company for reimbursement. This does NOT include Medicare-you cannot submit any bills to them! You will be asked to pay for your treatments at the time of service.
Dr. Mathews has started applying to be a participating provider for Blue Cross and Aetna. If approved, the office will submit the bills directly to your participating insurance company. You will be responsible for only copays and deducibles.
For automobile and Workers Compensation insurance, the office will submit the bills for you and accept their payment as full payment. You will not be responsible for any balances.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask Dr. Mathews and the staff.
To learn more about our Acupuncture Services, please contact us today to schedule an appointment!