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This is the third article in a series focusing on acupuncture for back pain treatment. Back pain commonly challenges serious athletes.   This next case study discusses a young man who was training for a marathon when he developed back pain. This patient came to me after developing back pain while training for a marathon.  He was building up strength and running time when he developed pain in the lower back on the right side.  The pain was most intense after running and sometimes traveled down through the butt.  Back stiffness and spasms were also a problem. After a visit to his orthopedist and an MRI, he was diagnosed with a bulging disc. Acupuncture treatment for lower back pain We began