Neuralgia and the benefits of acupuncture

Living with neuralgia, or nerve pain, related to a spine condition makes life a lot harder than it needs to be. If you haven’t been able to get back to normal activity with conventional treatments, it makes sense to explore the full range of options.

Many patients have found meaningful relief from spinal neuralgia with acupuncture, which is a remedy that has existed for thousands of years, originating in China. Acupuncture is considered an alternative treatment that is not a component of modern medicine, though many doctors are beginning to recommend it as a complementary therapy for stress relief and pain management.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into the skin at various points around the body with the aim to reduce nerve pain by overriding pain signals being sent from another part of the body.

For example, if you are suffering from neuralgia pain in the lower back, acupuncture applied to the arm can “scramble” the messages being sent from the compressed nerve to the brain.

How do I choose an acupuncturist?

If you’ve decided to treat your neuralgia with acupuncture, there are important factors and qualifications to look for before you choose an acupuncturist. He or she should have the following:

• A Master’s Degree in Acupuncture or Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
• Necessary accreditation and licensing for your state of residence
• Extensive experience in treating neuropathic spine pain
• A list of patient references
• Clean, comfortable facilities
• The ability to listen to your needs, concerns, symptoms and treatment goals

Additional conservative treatment options

There are many conservative treatments you could consider for your neuralgia in addition to acupuncture. Work with your physician to design a treatment plan that includes options like restorative yoga, low-impact exercise, intermittent rest, pain medication, lifestyle changes or hot/cold compresses.

If weeks or months of conservative treatments do not bring relief from neuralgia and a return to regular activity, Laser Spine Institute may be able to help you get your life back. Our team of surgeons can perform minimally invasive, outpatient surgery that directly addresses the source of your neuralgia without the increased risks and lengthy recovery period^ of highly invasive traditional open spine procedures.

Contact us today for a no-cost MRI review* to see if you’re a potential candidate.