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Is Acupuncture a Good Treatment for Back Pain?



After having kyphoplasy, I experienced immediate releif. A year later I am experiencing cronic pain. My question is...What are your thoughts on trying acupuncture to relieve this discomfort?


Acupuncture has good evidence to support its use in pain relief, although the effects are temporary. If performed with sterile needles by a licensed professional, it can be considered safe (so even if you do not benefit, it will not cause you harm). You may also benefit from a TENS unit which is a small device that can be worn during waking hours that produces a small electrical current on your skin that assists the brain in blocking the pain signal. It is also considered safe and can provide temporary pain relief.

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Tammy S Wadsworth, PT MS OCS Tammy S Wadsworth, PT MS OCS
Sports Medicine Team Member
Clinical Instructor at The School of Allied Medical Professions
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University