Acupuncture

At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, our goal is to provide the best, most effective treatment to all of our patients.

Though traditional medicine, including medication, can go a long way toward managing pain, we believe there is value in alternative care as well. In order to provide comprehensive pain management to our patients, the Jane B. Pettit Pain Management Center offers acupuncture as a treatment option.

Our staff often encourages our patients’ families to seek out natural health therapies to complement the pain treatments received at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. The pain center at Children’s is unique in that it offers acupuncture for children, while many health spas and wellness centers do not.

Can your child benefit from acupuncture?

Many children are good candidates for acupuncture. Our acupuncture specialists often recommend therapy for children who:

  • Are under stress
  • Suffer frequent headaches
  • Have muscle or skeletal pain
  • Have muscle fatigue or soreness
  • Feel tense or stiff
  • Have a variety of allergic problems, including sinus drainage
  • Have abdominal pain
  • Have chronic nausea
  • Have dental pain

Please note: If your child has headaches or another painful condition, it is critical that you first seek traditional medical care to make sure your child doesn’t have a serious underlying health condition.

About acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine. It has gained mainstream and medical acceptance in the last 10 years. Based on the Chinese belief that illness results from the interruption of qi ("chee") flowing through channels in the body, practitioners insert tiny acupuncture needles at various points along these channels. These needles help restore or rebalance the flow of qi.

Our specialist

Lynn Rusy, MD, pediatric anesthesiologist, has offered acupuncture at Children's Hospital for many years. Her patients with chronic pain have experienced great results from acupuncture therapy.

About your child’s appointments

Dr. Rusy will be your child’s acupuncture physician. Each appointment will range from 30 to 60 minutes.

Since many insurance providers will not cover acupuncture, you may have to pay for our services out of pocket.