A 49-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

is traction or acupuncture best for a pinched nerve in lower back?

3 doctor answers
Dr. TORY MCJUNKIN
18 years experience Pain Management
Traction/acupuncture: Great question: the real answer is nobody knows. They have never been compared head-to-head in any sort of controlled trial. They are both treatments that can be beneficial and i would suggest doing both of them. Consider epidurals too. When dealing with a pinched nerve, i think the most important thing is to know if there is nerve damage (an EMG will diagnose). If so, surgery is warrante.
Answered on Jan 17, 2019
1
1 thank
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
33 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Sciatica: Meds, exercise, physical therapy including mckenzie centralization techniques, traction, inversion table. Many things are used. Exercise is the number one solution for back pain and nerve pinch. Traction and acupuncture are adjuncts for pain control. Good luck.
Answered on Jan 17, 2019
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Acupuncture: I agree w dr. Bowen, acupuncture is great to reduce pain & inflammation but it will not correct the cause of the "pinching". This is why it is important to be medically evaluated for the cause of your lower back pain. Acupuncture can act as excellent adjunct to your standard treatments. Take care.
Answered on Sep 11, 2013

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience Pain Management
No: But a few thousand dollars later the overall result will likely be the same as with conservative therapy. Find a board certified pain physician and in ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
See a neurosurgeon: While accupuncture may help relieve pain it will be best to start first with a neurosurgeon to rule out surgical injury before physical therapy and ac ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
38 years experience Sports Medicine
Therapy: I believe that after making a diagnosis a physical therapist is best versed to help both alleviate the symptoms which usuallly involve pain and spasm ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Low back pain: These belts are used to relieve low back pain by reducing stress on the joints and ligaments of the spine and sacroiliac joints. The decompression bel ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month