Let’s face it, anyone who has experienced REAL low back pain will know what I am talking about. I am talking about the kind of back pain that hits you like a knife in the back, dropping you to the floor in a second. The type of pain that rears its ugly head when you are minding your own business bending over the sink doing the dishes. The type of pain that keeps you in bed for days on end, making every movement feel as if your back is going to snap in half. Have you ever experienced true back pain like that? No? Well many people have and I certainly have as well.
This is the type of pain that actually makes people miss work, miss time with their family’s and friends and causes one to wonder if there is something seriously wrong with them. The fact is many people in America experience back pain like this at least once in their life. This type of pain usually results from an injury or irritation or a disc in the lower spine. Simple bending and twisting activities are usually the cause. This is not to say that many other things cannot cause this type of pain but after 10 years in the field of physical medicine and alternative health care I have seen time and time and time again patients come in hunched over, with difficulty walking because they lifted a heavy box over the weekend.
This pain that we are discussing is often seen as an injury to a lower lumbar disc. An injury such as this can range in severity from a mild tear to a full blown disc herniation that may require surgery.
Injury to the low back comes in many different forms but for our discussions here what we are talking about are an annular tear, a disc protrusion and a disc extrusion. The last being a severe injury that will almost require surgery. The first 2 however are injuries that cam be treated very effectively with acupuncture. Please note that if you are experiencing numbness in the legs or loss of bladder or bowl control please go to an emergency room.
Treating the effects of a disc injury with acupuncture is something that is fairly fast, usually about 2-3 weeks or treatment and highly effective. Anyone who has experienced severe low back pain knows how debilitating it can be and how long it can last for. Acupuncture can speed up the recovery of the inflamed tissue surrounding the disc helping to increase the blood supply to the disc at increased speeds. Acupuncture can also help reset the nervous system so that a flare up will be less likely to occur.
If you or someone you know is experiencing new or recurring low back pain give us a call. We will be happy to let you know if acupuncture can help. Contact us today!