Back pain is the most common problem I treat in my clinic.
And no wonder: 8 out of 10 people will experience it at some point. It is the third most common medical problem.
50% of people forced to stop working do so because of back pain. Most cases referred to me by orthopedists have been for back pain because they know acupuncture can offer relief when conventional approaches fail.
Acupuncture relieves back pain 4 ways:
I see more cases of chronic back pain. Many acute cases clear up on their own in a couple of weeks, but if not, I advise trying acupuncture. Or if there is an acute flair up of a chronic condition. Even an acute case can heal faster after a treatment or two.
This depends on the cause of the pain, its severity, and its duration. Some people will respond to acupuncture more quickly than others.
It is not uncommon for patients to experience some relief after 1 or 2 treatments. I generally suggest a trial of 4 treatments for chronic back pain.
Based on the progress, it is easier to tell how many more treatments will be needed, if any. It could be more that 10. If the pain is gone before the trial of 4 is finished, all the better.
Sometimes periodic maintenance treatments are recommended if there is a permanent structural problem.
Many of my back pain patients have generously contributed testimonials. I invite you to read some of them.
For more information, see my longer article, “Do the Chinese get back pain?”