Acupuncture and Low Back Pain

Clinical research has demonstrated that acupuncture can be used to treat low back pain and I use acupuncture regularly in the clinic to treat low back pain, neck pain, elbow pain, headaches, etc… There are many types of acupuncture and needle placement varies, A recent study, in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine, compared the benefit to low back pain for individualized needle placement, standardized needle placement, random needle placement and usual medical care – consisting of medications, rest, etc.
The Basics of the study – 630 adults with chronic low back pain randomized to receive one of the four therapies. The group receiving acupuncture had 10 treatments over seven weeks. The patients were measured based of level of dysfunction and whether symptoms such as pain or stiffness were bothersome. The follow up was done after 26 and 52 weeks to see the changes over time. As expected (in my experience anyway) the acupuncture groups improved significantly compared to the traditional medical care group in all categories.
Patrick B. Massey, M.D., Ph.D, is medical director for complementary and alternative medicine for the Alexian Brothers Hospital Network and he stated that despite the confusion over needle placement, the bottom line is that acupuncture works better than usual medical care… probably for less money and with fewer side effects. It does not work for everyone but for many people, it is worth a try…
Thoughts from Dr. Watkin…..
I (Dr. Watkin) have been in practice for 10 years now using acupuncture as a modality to treat patients and have had some phenomenal results and Dr. Pletcher has been doing the same for over 34 years. Here at HealthQuest in Libertyville, IL we treat headaches, shoulder pain, elbow pain, neck pain, mid back pain, low back pain, knee pain, foot pain, plantar fascitis, etc. etc. etc.
Dr. Pletcher and I use Motor Points to treat conditions as well as specific Huatuojiaji points in the treatment of musckuloskeletal injuries. Our success rate in helping patients achieve pain free status has been key! For balance and optimal health we treat the body using seasonal acupuncture. Our bodies have to change the thermostat setting each and every season and we are able to accomplish this by stimulating the needles with the same frequency of the earth’s electromagnetic field.
With seasonal acupuncture you are one step closer to optimal health and wellness.

Dr. Jeffrey Watkin

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