Supplementing your spondylolisthesis treatment with acupuncture — everything you need to know

Many people who are seeking spondylolisthesis treatment use complementary and alternative therapies to achieve a greater level of pain relief. One such option is acupuncture, which can potentially provide short-term relief from chronic back pain caused by spondylolisthesis.

Acupuncture as a form of alternative medicine

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in which small needles are inserted into the skin at specific “trigger points,” each one corresponding with a different system in the body. This is usually done for several minutes to several hours, with treatments repeated on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis.

The ultimate goal of acupuncture is to correct imbalances in the body and promote the proper flow of energy. Some studies also suggest that it can prompt the production of cortisol, one of the body’s natural inflammation-reducing hormones. This can be especially beneficial for people who are taking anti-inflammatory medications for spondylolisthesis treatment.

Why try acupuncture?

There are many reasons to try acupuncture as a form of spondylolisthesis treatment. For instance, acupuncture:

  1. Can provide meaningful pain relief, as indicated by a number of scientific studies
  2. Can promote feelings of relaxation and general well-being
  3. Typically doesn’t require a prescription or a referral, making it easy to fit into a neck or back pain treatment plan

Many people who use acupuncture also use one or more other alternative therapies, such as yoga, chiropractic care, herbal supplements or therapeutic massage. Together with traditional treatments, such as medications and physical therapy, these options can help people who are diagnosed with spondylolisthesis manage their symptoms and maintain their daily routines.

If traditional and complementary therapies don’t produce the desired results, additional options may be considered. At Laser Spine Institute, we perform minimally invasive surgery for people who have not found success with nonsurgical spondylolisthesis treatment. Our board-certified surgeons+ have helped thousands of people get their lives back. To find out if you are a candidate for spondylolisthesis surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.