Sports injuries account for many orthopedic injuries. The most common sports injuries include: sprains, strains, fractures, sore and swollen muscles. For these types of injuries, Western medicine relies on the RICE method of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Eastern medicine takes a different approach to treatment, instead relying on stimulating the body’s natural response to promote healing. In Chinese medicine, pain and injury is often a result of stagnation of blood or “qi” (vital energy). Acupuncture resolves stagnation by improving blood flow to and from affected areas, helping to decrease inflammation and heal the affected tissue. Studies also show that acupuncture releases endorphins and activates neurotransmitters that help alleviate pain.