If you have an orthopedic condition such as spondylosis, gout, arthritis; have a sports injury such as a hockey injury or are recovering from an orthopedic surgery such as a reverse shoulder replacement, you will probably work with a local family physician and orthopedic surgeon. Some patients may also benefit from working with a local acupuncturist. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine technique that is around 3,000 years old. A local acupuncturist will insert thin needles into various points of the body to help improve your chi (qi) energy flow. Patients with orthopedic conditions such as spine injuries may find that working with a local acupuncturist helps them improve mobility and reduce pain. Some of the other conditions a local acupuncturist may treat include infertility, chronic pain, depression, osteoarthritis, stress, anxiety and insomnia. If you want to learn more about how a local acupuncturist can help you manage your orthopedic condition, start by talking to your local physiotherapist, pharmacist or family physician.