Back Pain Treatment: Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and Physical Therapy

person having accupuncture performed on the back of their neckAcupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used alternative or ‘complimentary medical’ procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture became widely known in the United States in the 1970s. Studies have documented acupuncture's effects, but they have not been able to fully explain how acupuncture works. 

Lifestyle, age, physiology and other factors combine to make every person different. A treatment that works for one person may not work for another who has the same condition. You, as a health care consumer (especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition) should discuss acupuncture with your doctor. Do not rely on a diagnosis of disease by an acupuncturist who does not have substantial conventional medical training. If you have received a diagnosis from a doctor and have had little or no success using conventional medicine, you may wish to ask your doctor whether acupuncture might help.

Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based on the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. The spinal column is a key structure in the nervous system as it contains the spinal cord and nerve roots that branch out into the entire body. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. Chiropractic treatment involves adjusting the spine to correct vertebral misalignment and imbalance.

Physical Therapy (PT)
The treating doctor prescribes PT to treat sprains/strains, muscles spasms, arthritis, and many other back disorders. It is an important component of treatment following spine surgery. The purpose of PT is to help the patient build strength, flexibility, and endurance. PT combines heat/cold therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulating, and massage with exercise as part of rehabilitation.

Updated on: 06/02/16
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