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How Acupuncture Can Help People Relieve Neck and Back Pain without Surgery
Dr. Li Zheng has been using acupuncture to treat neck and back pain in America for over 17 years. She observed that patients with neck and back problems never get rid of the pain completely after the surgery. She has been seeking the most effective methods to help patients with neck and back pain caused by long-term usage of electronics, sports injuries, and chronic inflammation. She asked Dr. Yao if surgery was effective for acute neck and back pain in China when patients could not even lie down to sleep.
According to Dr. Yao's experience, it usually takes 3 to 6 months for a patient to recover from neck or back surgery, while it only takes two to three weeks to get rid of the pain and resume normal functions if steroid, Vitamin C and mannitol are given intravenously for 3 days to stop the acute pain, followed by acupuncture, Tui Na and traction to reduce the nerve swelling and rebalance the muscles and tendons in neck and back areas. Dr. Yao also pointed out that local steroid injection for back pain is usually not effective because it is very hard to inject a steroid into the right place and steroid can weaken the local muscles and tendons. With acupuncture treatment and Tui Na, patients can resume normal neck and back functions completely after a few weeks. On the other hand, back and neck surgery lead to chronic pain and inflammation due to the metal plates and nails inserted into the bones. One surgery can cost more than $10,000 while 4 weeks acupuncture treatment only cost a few hundred dollars. More importantly, patients can go back to work after two weeks of acupuncture and Tui Na treatment. Acupuncture and Tui Na rather than surgery have become the preferred methods of relieving pain by many big companies. More and more health insurance policies have started to cover acupuncture.
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Dr. Li Zheng