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Acupuncture for Pain

Can Acupuncture Treat Your Pain?

This is what anyone that is suffering from pain needs to know about pain and how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help.

Good news, you have a safe, highly effective and drug free back pain imagepain management alternative- acupuncture.

Chronic pain no matter the cause (for example- back pain, arthritis, shoulder pain, neck pain, sciatica, various non-specific injuries) can be not only frustrating but actually diminish a person's quality of life. My father (a physician) used to say that, in his experience, the number one cause for an Emergency Room visit was pain. While many of these conditions respond favorably to pain medicines, over time they may require stronger doses and changes to more and more powerful narcotic based pain medications or even surgery.

Many pain sufferers are looking for a other options than a lifetime dependency on prescription pain relievers or invasive surgery.

Although there is no definitive way to heal pain, there are available treatments. If you are suffering from pain and have not found relief and are looking for a natural option, you should consider utilizing acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Back Pain
The National Institute of Health states that back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden sharp pain that makes movement difficult. It can start suddenly or get worse slowly over time.

Back pain is becoming epidemic. According to researchers, there is an 80% chance that you will suffer from back pain at some point in your life. Researches also note that on any given day about 10% of the US population is completely incapacitated by back pain.

Anyone can suffer from back pain and back pain has endless causes. The most common causes are aging, obesity, poor physical fitness, sports and exercise injuries, stress, poor posture, certain diseases (including arthritis), herniated discs, auto accidents, smoking, and heavy lifting. 

Back pain, whether acute or chronic can affect career choices, daily routines and leisure time activities. Prescription medications as with the other types of pain may provide temporary relief. However, chronic back pain may not respond well to medications and other alternative therapies may provide the best option for resolution. In the case of back pain, again it is important to have a proper evaluation with your MD to rule out any serious medical conditions.

It is important to note that current research has found that in many cases back pain is simply not related to any sort of structural abnormality. Recent studies using MRIs in perfectly healthy patients with no back pain found that about 40% of these people had serious abnormalities including damaged discs. Other researchers have confirmed this finding. It seems that in a person with back pain where imaging studies discover a disc bulge or protrusion that the disc abnormalities are often simply coincidental. Current clinical guidelines for MDs now suggest that they not routinely order imaging or other diagnostic tests when patients have non-specific low back pain.

This does not leave a back pain sufferer with many options. Luckily, San Diego back pain sufferers can find relief by receiving acupuncture for pain treatments. Acupuncture has an excellent track record with the treatment of back pain.

Arthritis
The National Institute of Health defines arthritis as inflammation of one or more joints and may also be an autoimmune response as in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage which serves to protect a joint by allowing it to move smoothly and absorb any shock. As this protective cartilage breaks down the bones of the joint begin to rub together leading to inflammation which causes pain and swelling.

Arthritis pain can be felt most anywhere in the body where there is a joint but is it commonly seen in the knee, low back, shoulder, elbow, wrist or fingers. This chronic joint pain often leads to a decrease in physical activity which, due to a decrease in enjoyment of even the simplest of physical activities Unfortunately, this is a very common health condition. Fortunately,acupuncture for pain has provided relief to arthritis sufferers.

Arthritis sufferers no longer need to continue in pain. Acupuncture treatments are available and may be the solution to your chronic or acute arthritis pain.

Sciatica
The National Institute of Health defines sciatica as pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own.

The Sciatic nerve starts in the lower spine and runs down the back of each leg. Sciatic pain can be quite varied but it commonly feels like a tingling, a dull ache or a burning sensation. It commonly occurs on only one side of the body and can be felt along an invisible line that spans from the lower back all the way down to the sole of the foot.

The sciatic pain can be mild to severe. Unfortunately, it can become so debilitating that a person is unable to sit for even the shortest amount of time. Sciatic pain can lead to a diminished enjoyment of life such as the inability to take even a short trip.

Sciatica sufferers of San Diego now have some hope.acupuncture for pain treatments can provide sciatic pain relief and thusly improve a sciatica suffers quality of life by helping to regain the ability to travel and sit for long periods of time.

Conclusion
Even though scientists still don't fully understand how or why acupuncture reduces pain. Studies have shown pain reduction through the use of acupuncture. Attracted by its safety and effectiveness, many people have turned to acupuncture as a pain management alternative. Since Chinese Medicine does not recognize specific diseases, it treats each patient individually with the goal of bringing the body into balance and creating a healthy, healing and pain free environment.

Due to its simplicity and effectiveness, acupuncture for pain is becoming widely accepted all over the USA as a side-effect free, alternative and sometimes first line treatment to manage all types of pain such as lower back pain, hip pain, leg pain, foot pain, knee pain, neck pain, sciatica, arthritis, shoulder pain, hand pain and many other types of pain.

Why not Contact Michael today to find out how acupuncture for pain can help with your chronic pain and by sure to utilize his free initial consultation.