Have you ever considered treating pain along the spine with acupuncture and Chinese herbs? We believe that low risk techniques such as acupuncture should be the first line of therapy for radiculopathy, sciatica, disc disease, and spinal stenosis as well as injuries to the neck, spine, and joints from accidents or sports activity.
For more than 2500 years, generations of patients and physicians have depended on these traditional medicines for painful conditions in all areas of the spine, including low back pain, sciatica, femoralgia, neuritis and neuralgia as well as pain from arthritis of the joints of the spine. Modern experience with spinal injury from accidents and falls at home and at the workplace, as well as motor vehicle accidents confirms the value of immediate treatment with acupuncture and moxibustion to reduce pain and facilitate rapid rehabilitation of function.
Traditional herbal medicine and acupuncture have proved to be a useful tool to address pain in both acute and chronic conditions. Depending on which channels are involved, disc disease, neuralgia, sciatica, muscle strain, spinal stenosis, and pain resulting from surgery and trauma can be helped by acupuncture. Even patients who have not done well after surgery may benefit from acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Injuries from gymnastics and contact sports are another area where acupuncture techniques can be usefully applied. Forces applied to the skull as well as the limbs can be transmitted to the spine and brain through the network of muscular and bone attachments which connect our bodies together. Any injury which causes loss of consciousness, or any neurologic change should be treated without delay as these may represent a concussion. For the same reason, injuries to the "tailbone" or coccyx should be treated as soon as possible.
Our experience with acupuncture and herbal medicine suggests that acupuncture treatment often results in pain relief, decrease of swelling, reduced stiffness, and a return to better function and range of motion. Side effects from surgery, such as nerve damage, unpleasant sensations in the trunk and legs, and even weakness can sometimes be reduced.
Acupuncture and other techniques of traditional Chinese medicine are best applied as soon as symptoms appear. Surgery should be avoided if possible, until after it is seen if acupuncture can help.
Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced Oriental medicine in Cleveland since 1980. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.