The most common condition I treat with acupuncture is probably chronic lower back pain that has been unresponsive to other treatments, and the most common diagnosis is spinal stenosis. Acupuncture ends up providing some benefit for about half of these patients. Acupuncture is also useful for numerous other conditions such as neck pain, myofascial (muscle related) pain, stress related conditions, headaches, and knee and hip pain due to arthritis. I am also personally interested in using acupuncture to treat sports-related injuries.
By: Chi- Tsai Tang, MD