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Can Acupuncture Help Herniated Disc Back Pain?

A herniated disc is a condition that occurs when the soft, jelly-like material inside a spinal disc pushes out through a tear in the disc’s outer layer. This can put pressure on the nerves in the spine, causing pain, numbness, and weakness in the back, legs, and feet.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. These points are believed to be connected to energy pathways, or meridians, that run throughout the body. When the needles are inserted, they are thought to stimulate the flow of energy and promote healing.

There is some evidence to suggest that acupuncture can be effective in relieving the pain and other symptoms of herniated disc back pain. A study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine found that acupuncture was as effective as physical therapy in reducing pain and improving function in people with herniated disc back pain.

Another study, published in the journal Pain, found that acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture in reducing pain and improving function in people with chronic low back pain.

If you are considering acupuncture for herniated disc back pain, it is important to talk to your doctor first. Acupuncture is not a cure for herniated disc back pain, but it may be a helpful way to manage the pain and other symptoms.

Here are some of the benefits of using acupuncture for herniated disc back pain:

  • It is a safe and effective treatment.
  • It has few side effects.
  • It can be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as physical therapy or medication.
  • It can help to reduce pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms.
  • It can improve range of motion and flexibility.
  • It can help to promote healing and recovery.

If you are interested in trying acupuncture for herniated disc back pain, be sure to find a qualified acupuncturist. You can ask your doctor for a referral or search online for acupuncturists in your area.

Here are some additional tips for finding a qualified acupuncturist:

  • Make sure the acupuncturist is licensed by the state in which they practice.
  • Ask about the acupuncturist’s experience in treating herniated disc back pain.
  • Get references from other patients.

Acupuncture can be a helpful way to manage the pain and other symptoms of herniated disc back pain. Call today for a consultation to begin.

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