My health insurance covers acupuncture, and my orthopedic doctor has recommended it as a possible help for the back pain I’ve been experiencing.
The coverage limitation is, however, that once I’ve picked an acupuncturist, I cannot change that acupuncturist during the approved coverage period.
Now, knowing next to nothing about acupuncture—I have no idea how I can know whether I’m going to like this provider (outside of going to the office and “getting a feel for it” on the surface) This is mildly irritating, because I don’t have loads of time to drive around and interview these people, and I would have no idea what to ask them anyway.
Should I look for an acupuncturist that’s been doing this for a long time? Is there a “school of acupuncture” that is the “Harvard” of oriental medicine? Should I use an acupuncturist at a physical therapy center, or look for one that’s just part of their own acupuncture center?
And a really loaded question: does acupuncture really work? I have 2 parents who always claimed that chiropractors and acupuncturists are quacks, so I’m already coming into this with a healthy amount of suspicion. I can just imagine that a dummy like me will end up at the worst possible place, just based on my own ignorance.
Any good/bad experiences to share?