Acupuncture treatments improve outcomes compared to usual care for low-back pain (Acupuncture Today, 2009). In addition, many patients often indicate poor pain management received and unsatisfied with the provider in their ability to care for their chronic pain conditions.
In modern medicine, there is a lack of effective medical treatments to help patients with chronic back pain. Often, physicians are prone to prescribe medications to subside pain symptoms. “Jennifer Frost, M.D., medical director for the AAFP's Health of the Public and Science Division, told AAFP News that nonpharmacologic treatments such as acupuncture may provide benefits to some patients...This is especially important given the effects of the ongoing opioid epidemic on pain management “ (AAFP, 2018).
If chronic pain is ignored, chronic pain can cause inflammation that can contribute to the development of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and many more.
How does Acupuncture Work?
1) Reduces inflammation 2) Balance neurotransmitters 3) Circulates hormone levels 4) Improves the immune system 5) Releases endorphins to relieve pain