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Is it possible to do acupuncture on myself for back pain?

Is it possible to do acupuncture on myself for back pain?

No: Acupuncture uses very fine needles in specific energy points and ashi pain points. Identification of these points require skilled training. Also the lungs can be compromised if the needles are placed too deeply. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Do you think it is safe for me to get surgery on my back to remove my herniated disks or to be put on a pain pump the pain meds they have me on bother?

Do you think it is safe for me to get surgery on my back to remove my herniated disks or to be put on a pain pump the pain meds they have me on bother?

Careful: I would educate yourself to all options for back pain. Therapy, chiropractor, meds, injections, radio frequency, spinal cord stimulation are all less invasive than pain pumps and or surgery. Find a good surgeon and pain medicine doctor and ask lots if questions. Good luck and be careful. ...Read more

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Can back pain be from scoliosis? How do you know if scoliosis is getting wore? Is there a way to tell at home? Back pain isbetween lower back and butt

Can back pain be from scoliosis? How do you know if scoliosis is getting wore? Is there a way to tell at home? Back pain isbetween lower back and butt

Not from scoliosis: Lower back pain in adolescent age deserves more attention. I wonder if you are involved in any sports activity requiring repetitive extension loading, e.g., gymnastics, football, weight lifting. Check with your primary care physician, ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to do yoga after tailbone surgery?

Is it possible for me to do yoga after tailbone surgery?

Don't see why not?: Of course after the healing is complete, you should be able to everything, that you could do previously. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain just trying to figure out what it is and what i can take to ease the pain.

I have lower back pain just trying to figure out what it is and what i can take to ease the pain.

As usual, it depends: Low back pain can be caused by many things including bulging or herniated intervertebral discs, nerve impingment, spinal stenosis, spondylosis, or muscle spasm. If rest and over the counter analgesics don't provide relief, you should be evaluated by a spine specialist to determine the cause of your pain and begin a targeted treatment regimen, which may include pt, medications, or injections. ...Read more

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Would it be okay for me to swim for exercise if my SI joint keeps "coming out" on both sides? I need to exercise for strength but normal methods hurt.

SI joints : Yes Samantha, swimming would be a great option for strengthening the SI joints. The kicking and leg thrusting should help to strengthen the sacroiliac ligaments to help with joint stabilization and decrease pain. ...Read more

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Is there a back brace I can buy online to help pain and weakness from Spinal Stenosis? I do exercises but find it hard to stand for long. Thanks

Is there a back brace I can buy online to help pain and weakness from Spinal Stenosis?  I do exercises but find it hard to stand for long.  Thanks

Spinal Stenosis: If your discomfort is truly from spinal stenosis, there is no medical therapy or brace that can help alleviate the pain other than bending forward or sitting down. ...Read more

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I have so many knots in my arm that it hurts to even massage. What is it? How can I relieve the pain?

I have so many knots in my arm that it hurts to even massage. What is it? How can I relieve the pain?

Have it evaluated: It is impossible to even guess without being to examine the arm. See a doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a bit of muscle on my back but i need a chiro to realign my spine and scapula would it still be possible?

What to do if I have a bit of muscle on my back but i need a chiro to realign my spine and scapula would it still be possible?

Consider: Active exercise therapy along with chiropractic care since anything that is done to you passively will only give you limited relief. ...Read more

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I have pain in my back around to my side. It is a burning and tingling pain. I want to know if it is possible to have shingles without breaking out?

I have pain in my back around to my side. It is a burning and tingling pain. I want to know if it is possible to have shingles without breaking out?

Rashless shingles: It is a common misconception that one has to have a rash to be diagnosed with shingles. It is not that rare to have pain, itching and other symptoms due to shingles without any visible rash. The symptoms should however still occur in what is called a dermatomal distribution; one that corresponds to a typical nerve territory. ...Read more

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I want to know if it's possible to cause a lot of soft tissue damage to a hip joint from falling on it. What tests should I get done to treat the pain?

Get a diagnosis: With persistent pain in the hip after a fall the first step is to be evaluated by a physician. An x-ray to evaluate for fracture would be a good idea. Possibly just a contusion or trochanteric bursitis. Hip pain can also be from a back injury. Not possible to diagnose without evaluation and a work up. ...Read more

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Is it true that by going to the chiropractor it can cause me to have a stroke? After i went for my first session no feel like my nerves are insane

Is it true that by going to the chiropractor it can cause me to have a stroke? After i went for my first session no feel like my nerves are insane

Extremely rare : Its usually reported at a rate of one in a million, usually involving an elderly person who has arteriosclerosis receiving a high thrust neck adjustment. Chance of a serious complication by taking an Aspirin or other over-the-counter pain medications is higher than a stroke from an adjustment. As your regular doctor to refer you to one he feels comfortable with. Feel better. ...Read more

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How does physical therapy help lower back arthritis? I suffer from artritis in my lower back and my doctor wants me to go to physical therapy, I am concerned that i will pay for something that will do absolutly no good but the back pain has become incresi

How does physical therapy help lower back arthritis? I suffer from artritis in my lower back and my doctor wants me to go to physical therapy, I am concerned that i will pay for something that will do absolutly no good but the back pain has become incresi

SOME BENEFITS: Although part of goal is create less discomfort, the ultimate success should be gauged based on increased flexibility and strength which can prevent another episode of deterioration, and eventually protect you from acquired injuries secondary to trivial exertion. Have found the best rehab programs include mckenzie back exercises, but feldenkreis approach is also of value. ...Read more

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I have a Metatarsal fracture and it really hurts when I put weight. How long is it going to be like this? And what's the best to do to help it?

I have a Metatarsal fracture and it really hurts when I put weight. How long is it going to be like this? And what's the best to do to help it?

Rest and patience: A metatarsal fracture will take 8-12 weeks to heal like most bones in the body. Initially, reduced weight-bearing, ice and elevation for the first couple weeks helps reduce pain and start the healing process. Progress of healing should be monitored by your orthopedic surgeon with x-rays. Some require surgery if healing doesn't progress as expected. Increase calcium intake to 2 gm/daily x 2 mon. ...Read more

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Its been four days, i could not go to bathroom.I had a constipation problem.It will pain thought.Please give me the best way to move it out without pa?

Its been four days, i could not go to bathroom.I had a constipation problem.It will pain thought.Please give me the best way to move it out without pa?

Constipation: I cannot see anything in your profile to tell me if you are on any medication or have any medical conditions. But, the first step would be to drink three liters of water in the next hour if that does not help you may need to get to your family medical clinic. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more