Acupuncture Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Case Study

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Chronic low back pain is a common complaint; its prevalence and increasing work-related and medical costs is causing much debate regarding the most effective management for this condition.

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Acupuncture Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Case StudyRegistered OsteopathAbstractIntroduction Chronic low back pain is a common complaint; its prevalence and increasing work-related and medical costs is causing much debate regarding the most effective management for this condition. Acupuncture has been widely used for many conditions and now evidence suggests that it has a place in the management of pain in musculoskeletal disorders such as low back pain.Aims The aim of this case study is to use acupuncture in the treatment of chronic low back pain using a semi-standardized approach.Results Six treatments of acupuncture over 4 weeks improved overall wellbeing, improved sleep, increased lumbar spine function and most importantly reduced pain (NPRS 6/10 to 4/10) in the short-term. Conclusion Acupuncture analgesia has an important role in the management of pain in an osteopathic setting in the short-term. KeywordsChronic low back pain; acupuncture; osteopathy; physiology, NPRSIntroduction & Overview Low back pain (LBP) is a major health problem among western industrialized countries, and a major cause of medical expenses, absenteeism and even disability (van Tulder 1995). LBP is a frequent reason for sufferers seeking complementary therapies, including acupuncture (Leibing et al. 2002). Here, a 45-year-old man presented to an osteopath with a 7-year history of central LBP following a fracture to L2 vertebra. Previously, his history i

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