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Acupuncture and Other Modalities for the Treatmentof Chronic Low Back Pain after an Auto Accident: A Case Report

Submission: May 8, 2018; Published: June 20, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/ACAM.2018.03.000553

ISSN: 2637-7802
Volume3 Issue1


It is estimated that 50-80 percent of people will experience low back pain (LBP) at some point in their lives [1]. LBP resulting from a motor vehicle collision can be serious and painful lasting weeks, months, and even years. Early intervention is prudent because the longer LBP persists the less likely the possibility of full recovery [2]. Chronic LBP is defined as persistent pain for at least 3 months [3]. Complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies, such as physical therapy, massage, and chiropractic provide significant relief in 58.1% of patients [4]. There is growing scientific data on the effects and mechanisms of acupuncture to treat LBP [5]. There is little literature available, however, on the use of multi-modality care that many acupuncturists often use in clinical settings to treat LBP. Some of the treatment techniques often used in combination with acupuncture is electro-acupuncture, acupressure, far-infrared heat, cupping, gua sha, herbs, and topical salves. This case study involved the combined use of these modalities to successfully treat chronic lumbar pain in an auto accident patient who did not benefit from many months of various conventional medical treatments.

Keywords: Acupuncture, Chronic Low Back Pain, Cupping, Oswestry, Auto Accident

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