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does acupuncture treat back pain?

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Dr. Neeoo Chin
Fertility Medicine 40 years experience
Yes: Acupuncture is actually very successful for back pain. The back pain should be muscular in origin and not a spinal disc problem. The needlepoints are at the side of the muscle pain in addition to leg points to help move the chi or the life force energy through the body.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Acupuncture is a pain management option including pain due to spine issues.
Dr. Jeffrey Albright
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Successful Treatment: Acupuncture can be successful in treating backache, back pain, etc. Recent studies compare acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy. Chiropractic was shown to be best for back pain. Acupuncture may be used in conjunction to eliminate acute pain, and rehabilitation should be performed to stabilize for the long term.

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Dr. Jeffrey Glaser
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Possibly: Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and acupressure is based on similar principles to acupuncture. Although it may symptomatically make your back feel better is unlikely it will cure/treat the underlying cause unless due to musculoskeletal spasm/strain/sprain and the acupressure allows your muscles to relax.
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Is it possible to do acupuncture on myself for back pain?

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No: Acupuncture should only be performed by a certified medical professional.
A 48-year-old member asked:

I am practicing indian acupuncture, will it work for back pain?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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It could: Acupuncture is very old method use to relief pain in any part of the body, it has been used in china india and other countries, I do believe it have roll in the treatment of pain. Thank you.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Does anybody know if acupuncture for back pain really work or doesn't work?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depending on the: Type of back pain, it may effectively reduce inflammation ; pain ; increase range of motion ; function.
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A 43-year-old male asked:

What could be responsible for recurrent wait & back pain, & what can I do? Somebody suggests acupuncture!!!

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Dr. Adam Smith
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Waist and Back Pain: Recurrent low back pain is often the result of deconditioned muscles that go into spasm. Regimens that include hydration, heat, NSAIDs and occasionally tranquilizers can help ease the spasm and symptoms. Acupuncture has been helpful in cases of low back refractory to the above treatment or when used in conjunction with the above and other treatment.

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