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Will acupuncture lessen the pain of bulging discs (l5-s1)?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Pain Yes
Bulging i don't think so.

In brief: Pain Yes
Bulging i don't think so.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Dr. Bassam Amawi
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Pain control
You received some great information from other physicians already.
I work with wounded warriors. Many have multiple herniated & bulging discs. Some have had surgery, some are not surgical candidates & some are trying to hold off before they go under the knife. Acupuncture will not correct bulging or herniated discs. But it can provide effective pain relief, reduce surrounding inflammation & ^ rom.

In brief: Pain control
You received some great information from other physicians already.
I work with wounded warriors. Many have multiple herniated & bulging discs. Some have had surgery, some are not surgical candidates & some are trying to hold off before they go under the knife. Acupuncture will not correct bulging or herniated discs. But it can provide effective pain relief, reduce surrounding inflammation & ^ rom.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It will not
It won't since bulging discs are normal findings, not pain sources.
However, acupunture is a treatment for back pain that has had success with some but not all with this area of pain from several different origins.

In brief: It will not
It won't since bulging discs are normal findings, not pain sources.
However, acupunture is a treatment for back pain that has had success with some but not all with this area of pain from several different origins.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: 50-50
The data is conflicting.
..Some studies say yes while others show no differences compared to other treatments or placebo. In my experience it tends to be temporarily helpful if at all for severe back pain.

In brief: 50-50
The data is conflicting.
..Some studies say yes while others show no differences compared to other treatments or placebo. In my experience it tends to be temporarily helpful if at all for severe back pain.
Dr. Paul Slosar
Dr. Paul Slosar
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