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acupuncture question

dbullwinkelddbullwinkel Posts: 224
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:48 AM in Alternative Treatments
I recently started acupuncture for a C6-C7 herniation. I have had previous fusion at C5-C6. PT hasn't helped much..and just had my third epidural yesterday. arm pain/numbness is gone, neck pain is still bad. my doctor feels I need another fusion. I am trying EVERYTHING to avoid another surgery! This may be a stupid question, but does acupuncture simply manage the pain or actually help eliminate the herniation?


  • I can't give you a definite answer but I can tell you that one benefit of acupuncture is that it draws blood supply to the area, which does aid in healing. It would aid your body in helping to heal the herniation naturally. It can also increase a release of the body's natural hormones, enzymes, etc. which may aid healing. The problem with acupuncture as I see it is that it takes quite a long time to achieve results, and then you're never really sure if the results were from acupuncture or other things you were also doing!!

    Nevertheless, I still go once per week for my treatments!

    If you can withstand the pain, you may want to continue to give it a try....
  • I did some acupuncture for my back before i had my surgery and it did help with some of the pain but it never changed the disc problem.I still do acupuncture because of my car accident i have nerve problems.the change is very subtle but i am feeling a change.
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