Low back pain is the leading cause of disability in people under the age of 45 years, while 20-70% of adults have had neck pain severe enough to stop them from enjoying their daily life. Kevin Lance Jones, OMD, LAc, specializes in alleviating your neck and back pain using regular acupuncture and electro-puncture. To learn more about how acupuncture can restore mobility and give you much-needed freedom from pain, call the office in Torrance, California, or schedule an appointment online.
Soft tissue injuries like strained muscles and tendons or a torn ligament are frequently the cause of neck and back pain. Your neck is especially vulnerable to whiplash injuries suffered during a car accident, while your lower back is more susceptible to an injury from heavy lifting or twisting.
Over the years of everyday stress and repetitive movements, degenerative changes occur that are responsible for chronic neck and back pain, such as:
Although each of these conditions arises from different problems, they all cause pain when they irritate spinal nerves.
The pain you experience may be sharp, aching, occasional, or constant. But if a spinal nerve is pinched, you can also develop tingling, burning pain, and numbness. In many cases, the pain travels along the length of the affected nerve, radiating down your arm or leg. A compressed nerve in your neck can also lead to headaches or dizziness.
Many patients expect that medication will take care of their neck and back pain, but most medications either aren’t very effective, or they only provide temporary relief. The lack of success with medications prompted a team at the American College of Physicians (ACP) to review the latest research and developed new guidelines for treating back pain.
They now recommend nonpharmacological therapies as the first line of treatment for acute and chronic low back pain. And what nondrug therapies are recommended? Massage and acupuncture, among others.
Studies show that acupuncture very effectively reduces pain and improves movement in neck pain as well as low back pain. As an added benefit, you don’t need to worry about side effects like you do with medications.
In addition to acupuncture, Dr. Jones may treat neck and back pain using therapies such as Qi Gong, physical therapy, and herbal medications customized to help the cause of your pain.
When providing acupuncture for neck or back pain caused by trauma, Dr. Jones often uses electro-acupuncture. This is a technique in which he sends a mild electrical current through acupuncture needles.
The current is too mild to go through your body. Many patients find the procedure relaxing as they feel the slight pulsating sensation at the acupuncture point. The extra stimulation from the electrical current enhances the healing impact of your acupuncture treatment.
If you suffer from ongoing neck or back pain, Kevin Lance Jones, OMD, LAc, can help. Call the office or book an appointment online.