Car Accident Back Pain

acupuncture lower backThis is an acupuncture success story sharing how acupuncture helps reduce back pain after a car accident.

Each acupuncture treatment is customized to their specific needs.

The patient is a young man in his early thirties who came to me for acupuncture for his back pain after being in a car accident.  The car accident had occurred over 2 years before he began treatment.  Despite therapy, the pain persisted.  The pain and tightness was focused in his lower back that sometimes radiated down his legs.

His back pain was very persistent, although he had no disc problems or nerve impairments diagnosed on his MRI.

The pain was very intense, it hurt all day during his job and even kept him from sleeping soundly.  It was difficult for him to exercise.  When people stop moving and using their region of pain, the pain is often exacerbated.

Naturally, his situation caused a lot of worry and anxiety that his condition would never improve.

Upon our first visit, I saw that he had restricted range of motion in his lower back.  It was difficult to bend forward or to the side.

Acupuncture Diagnosis of Imbalances

Back pain from traumatic injuries leads to stagnation in the body and the acupuncture channels.  When there is an injury the natural flow of Qi slows down and gets stuck. This leads to further pain.  The treatment will focus on improving the flow of Qi and blood to stop pain.


The Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain

Because he tended to have more stagnation than vacuity, I focused on increasing the circulation in the back.  To do this, I will tend to use more needles, electro-acupuncture, acupressure and tui na and cupping.

The points I used were on the lower back, such as UB 23, UB 25, UB 32, GB 30, Yao Yao, as well as points on the legs that open up the back channels.  UB 40 on the back of the knees is a special point for back pain.  I also used Kidney 3 to boost the kidneys and relieve the pain.    Electro-acupuncture was also used on the lower back to relieve the pain.  I used tui na rolling technique as well.

The Acupuncture Results

cupping on lower back
Cupping on Lower Back

After the first two visits his back pain began to diminish.  And he had increased range of flexibility.  By the fourth visit, his back pain, tightness, and tingling in his legs was much less.   After six visits, the pain was only minor.

At this point, I advised my patient to return to exercising.  Light cardiovascular and a stretching routine. Stretching is very important to maintain flexibility and prevent back pain in the long run.

We continued with four more weekly visits.  The pain was much diminished and range of motion had significantly returned.

The patient was now comfortable while working and was able to return to exercising.

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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