Dr Debbie Smith, Plettenberg bay, Garden route, Bryanston

Muscular & Skeletal

Pain Management

The effectiveness of acupuncture analgesia (that acts to relieve pain) has already been established in controlled clinical studies, and can benefit musculoskeletal conditions.

Because of the side effects of long-term drug therapy for pain and the risks of dependence, acupuncture analgesia can be regarded as the method of choice for treating many chronically painful conditions.

In this short video, I discuss all the different methods we use to treat joint and muscle problems :

Musculoskeletal issues

Chronically painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system accompanied by restricted movements of the joints are often treated with acupuncture if surgical intervention is not necessary. Acupuncture not only alleviates pain, but it also reduces muscle spasm, thereby increasing mobility. Therefor joint damage often results from muscle malfunction, and many patients complain of arthralgia before any changes are demonstrable by X-ray. In these cases, acupuncture may bring about a permanent cure.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease with extra-articular manifestations in most patients and is part of a musculoskeletal condition. In this disease, immune system dysfunction plays a major role, which explains the extra-articular and articular features. Acupuncture is beneficial in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. While acupuncture may not improve the damage done to the joints, successful pain relief has been verified in most controlled studies. The action of acupuncture on inflammation and the dysfunctional immune system is also beneficial.

Traumatic or postoperative pain For traumas such as sprains, acupuncture is not only useful for relieving pain without the risk of drug dependence, but may also hasten recovery by improving local circulation. Acupuncture analgesia to relieve postoperative pain is well recognised and has been confirmed in controlled studies.

Here is a quick video –  treating a sprained ankle with Acupuncture 

Diseases, symptoms, or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved—through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment

  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Knee pain
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

Why choose Dr. Debbie for treatment?

How to go from a complete Right arm broken and shattered elbow with over 54 pins to Ironman?!

And in October, 2000 I nearly broke every bone in my Right arm during a car accident whilst cycling. I have first hand experience what it is to have pain, how to treat it effectively and speed up recovery. 


My hand was swollen 5 x the size so the Orthopedic surgeon had to cut my hand open by 3cm just to release the fluid. After he did an excellent job fixing the fractures I ended up with 54 pins and 3 plates. After 3 days after being released by the hospital, I stopped all pain medications. I treated myself with acupuncture, herbal medications, and homeopathy. 

In February I did my first event being the Midmar mile (a 1.6km swim). I strengthened my arm with appropriate exercises whilst treating with acupuncture and continuing my vitamin and mineral protocol. Since then I have completed 4 full Ironman events (3.8km swim, 180 bike, and 42km run), ABSA Cape Epic (mountain bike event over 8 days 800km), and Comrades marathon.

Acupuncture was very effective in helping in my recovery.
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