Acupuncture for lower back pain overlays anatomy with eastern medicine treatment methods.
First we address which structures in the lower back could be the root cause of your back pain.
Your back is made up of soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, tendons) and bone, blood vessels and nerves. Several organs are located in the lower back as well.
Some causes of lower back pain are:
- Strains to soft tissue
- Disc herniations
- Vertebral fractures
- Inflammation of the periosteum at the facet joints
- Disc degenerations: osteoarthritis, stenosis, spondylolisthesis
- Referred pain from kidney or gallstones
Your low back pain can run the spectrum from feeling dull, achy, sharp, radiating, electrical (that’s the nerves), with accompanying numbness and tingling and/or weakness.
How does western medicine treat this? Diagnostic tests will identify the location and nature of the problem using technology: x-ray, CT scans, MRIs, or myelogram. If the problem is not severe, the course of treatment for mild low back pain is rest, medications (NSAID, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxer), ice and heat packs, and physical therapy exercises.
We use your diagnostic test results to pinpoint the problem and deploy treatment methods with the aim of improving circulation, reducing inflammation, and stimulating the body’s natural signaling. Within 2-3 sessions our patients find a reduction of discomfort.
Movement is an important part of therapeutic treatment to speed recovery. Gentle exercises for maintaining core strength and range of movement at the beginning are possible but only in small doses at the beginning – we don’t want to risk re-injuring that area, so we also recommend rest – lots more than most of us are used to in our busy lives.
In addition to straight-up acupuncture, your low back pain issue might call for massage, cupping, gua sha, electroacupuncture, topical pain-reducing herbs, infrared heat, passive stretching, and injection therapy.
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