Acupuncture for back pain

introduction

Back pain (acupuncture for back pain) has become a common disease. They are the most common reason to visit a doctor in addition to infectious diseases. As diverse as the causes may be, treatment is usually a mystery.

definition

Back pain (acupuncture in back pain) are painful conditions that can occur in different parts of the back. According to their prevailing frequency they can be divided into different degrees. Acute back pain occurs either first time, suddenly on or after a break of about six months. You should not last more than three months. On the other hand, chronic, persistent back pain takes up most of everyday life and persists for more than three months. The complaints can recur or even be temporary. Furthermore, one can differentiate back pain according to its quality into a radicular and pseudoradicular pain. The radicular pain (radicula - the root) is based on a compression of the nerve root, as is the case with a herniated disc. The pseudoradicular pain (apparently more radicular) is caused by changes in the small joints of the spine.

frequency

Approximately 60-80% of all women and in about 65-70% of all men suffer from back pain (acupuncture for back pain). More than half of them are related to their job. Even children are already affected by back problems: 20 percent of primary school children suffer from back pain, and only one third of all children still have a normal posture.
Over 75% of complaints can be located in the lumbar area. The lumbar spine with its five vertebrae joins the sacrum, which is articulated to the pelvis. Are the pain of this joint, it is called "low back pain" (iliosacral complaints) or after the Latin name of the joint - sacroiliac joint (ISG) - also "iliosacral (IGS) syndrome".
In 25% of patients, back pain originates from the neck and neck region. The distribution of disc herniations follows the frequency of localization of pain. In the loin area, they are therefore increasingly found.
Spa and disability claims in Germany are made in over 60% of cases due to back pain and generate costs of about 49 billion euros.

causes

If you look for a cause of back pain (acupuncture for back pain), you will come across a very long list very quickly. In general, a distinction is made between organic (physical) and psychosomatic (due to the "soul") causes. Organic causes include:

  • Injuries caused (eg whiplash after traffic accident, fracture of a vertebral body, demolition of a nerve root)
  • Wear / degeneration caused (eg arthrosis - joint wear, osteoporosis - bone loss, spondylosis - changes in the spine, entrapment of the spinal cord, stiffening of the spine, for example, in ankylosing spondylitis, bone thickening, for example, in Paget's disease)
  • Inflammatory (eg in the context of Lyme disease or syphilis, inflammation of the vertebral body spondylitis (spondylodiscitis), or the disc diszites, pus on the skull near the spine -epidural abscess)
  • Tumor-related (eg neurinoma - benign nerve fiber tumor, meningioma - tumor of the nerve sheath, tumors of the vertebral bodies outside the spinal cord, metastases of a tumor of the spinal cord)
  • Metabolism-related (eg nerve inflammation in diabetics, demyelinating diseases (multiple sclerosis)
  • Operation-related (eg meningomyelocele - form of spina bifida, spinal cord and spinal cord bulge out of the spinal canal, pseudomeningocele - form of spina bifida, only spinal cord skins bulge out of spinal canal)
  • Mechanical (eg pinched nerve, injury during surgery)
  • Poisoning-related (eg by alcohol, opiate or analgesic withdrawal)
  • Vascular alteration conditioned (eg morbid enlargement of the artery - aortic aneurysm, circulatory disorders in the spinal cord)
  • Innate (eg spina bifida - open spinal canal)

In addition, causes such as pregnancy, overweight and the large field of bad postures should be mentioned. In the age of office work, occupational sitting, combined with the enormous comfort of people and the associated lack of exercise, leads to spinal column wear, muscle tension or even to the degeneration of the back muscles. Understandably, back pain (acupuncture for back pain) is the result of such circumstances.

Find out more about: Back pain during pregnancy
Psychosomatic causes:
Phrases such as "Someone's heavy on something, " "That broke someone's backbone, " or "Somebody cant jib, " show how important it is to look at the psyche of a back pain patient. What is impressive is the fact that in 90% of people with chronic back pain no organic cause is recognizable. They are nonspecific. Only the small remaining proportion is distributed among the specific causes and diseases listed above.
In diseases that are triggered by the soul, especially the inner state of mind and human emotional world play a central role. But the same is true the other way around: physical complaints can trigger psychological problems such as depression.

Fear or stress situations increase the heartbeat in our body, the blood pressure rises and with it the blood circulation. In addition, certain hormones and stress mediators are released. In the case of chronic stress, psychosomatic disturbances can occur as a result, which ends in chronic stress in a stressful situation. So it's easy to see how important it is to break this vicious circle with special psychotherapies. Several studies have even confirmed the efficacy of such therapies in chronic back problems.

symptoms

Initially, many sufferers do not take the first signs or symptoms (tension, fatigue, and morning stiffness of the back or joints) seriously, ignore them, or try to get relief from various countermeasures and restraints. But this leads exactly to the opposite and makes the situation worse for the most part. Bad posture and increasing pain follow.

diagnosis

The beginning of each diagnosis is the individual history (history) of a patient. Targeted questions about the localization and perhaps the transmission of the pain to other areas, such as the legs, the quality and intensity of the complaints and the temporal appearance as well as the possible intensification or attenuation of the pain due to certain circumstances, are absolutely necessary. No less important are the questions about pre-existing conditions. In our case, the practitioner should ask for concomitant diseases such as osteoporosis ( bone loss ) or arthritis ( joint wear ).

Furthermore, there is a search for social circumstances such as occupation, partnership, family and stressful situations. After this thorough " interview " follows the physical examination, which can provide first information. From the outside, for example, the position of the pelvis and shoulders, curvatures of the spine and the entire posture can be seen. In addition, muscle strength, reflexes, sensations of touch (sensibility) and the mobility of the joints, especially those of the spine, are checked.

If these measures are not sufficient, additional technical methods are available such as X-rays, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI), CT (computed tomography) and in special cases myelography (special form of X-ray, in which a contrast agent is injected into the spinal canal).

In addition to a conventional medical diagnosis, prior to acupuncture ( acupuncture for back pain ) an assessment of symptoms according to the principles of Chinese medicine is required. Especially the assignment to the meridians ( bladder or gall bladder meridian) is of great value. From a Chinese perspective, chronic back pain is often also based on an energetic weakness of the kidney. Then you often find cold feet and treated in addition to acupuncture with moxibustion. In this method, small stems of dried mugwort are placed on the needles and ignited. However, it is only used in patients who find heat when treating their pain extremely pleasant. In some cases it may be necessary to apply weak current (stimulation current) to the acupuncture needle.

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