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Lower back pain is a common problem that affects millions of people in the United States. A variety of traditional medical treatments are available for this issue. Lok Acupuncture Clinic in Las Vegas can offer lower back pain treatment without the use of drugs. We’ve provided the answers to a few frequently asked questions about acupuncture and lower back pain.
Back pain may result from lifting activities that cause strain on the muscles that support the lower spine. Athletes may do vigorous twisting during play that disrupts normal movement of the lower back and hips. Repetitive motions during household cleaning or home repairs can cause lower back pain that can become chronic. Even poor posture can put constant strain on the discs, muscles, and nerves that reside within the lower spine.
Individuals who have problems with the lower spine often report a dull, aching pain in the lower back. The pain may radiate to the lower extremities or produce numbness or tingling. Sitting for prolonged periods of time makes the discomfort worse. You may find that pain is worse when first waking up, but improves after moving around. Pain may come and go, or it may be a chronic problem.
Acupuncture is a Chinese healing technique that has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain and improve health. The technique uses very fine needles, inserted into specific points in the body, to disrupt pain signals and release natural healing neurotransmitters. A number of scientific studies indicate that it can be an effective method for relieving lower back pain.
Many patients report treatments as painless and even relaxing. The patient lies down on a table, and the needles are inserted into the pre-determined areas of the body. The patient then lies quietly for a short period, with the needles inserted. After removing the needles, patients can then resume their normal activities.
Patients sometimes report feeling a slight pinching feeling when the acupuncture needles are inserted, but otherwise, the process is painless.
The number of treatments needed may vary, depending on the source of the problem and severity of discomfort. You can receive additional treatment, as needed when lower back pain flares up again.
Through a comprehensive patient history, review of activities, and physical exam Dr. Lok will determine the extent of damage to the lower back and spine that results in ongoing pain and loss of flexibility. On your first visit, we will determine the appropriate treatments and technique to treat your back pain. Your acupuncturist will determine which acupuncture techniques should be used on your body in addition to any complementary services like cupping, electro acupuncture, or heat therapy.
Dr. Peter Lok is a skilled Las Vegas acupuncturist who utilizes his years of experience with traditional acupuncture techniques and his own innovative techniques to help patients achieve relief from painful conditions and improved function. We will ensure that you understand the process of acupuncture for your condition and ensure your comfort throughout treatment. Contact Lok Acupuncture Clinic in Las Vegas today at 702-732-0178 for an appointment to discuss how acupuncture can provide relief from lower back pain problems.