Lindsay Trottier, Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Everyday I treat Low Back Pain. I have treated it in patients as young as 14 and as seasoned as 93. We get excellent results in all age ranges and pain stemming from all sorts of origins.
Here is an example of one case I'm working on now. (8/7/2019)
I have a patient, a man in his 70s, who has presented in the office with low back pain. Since 7/3/2019 he has come in for 13 acupuncture treatments.
Since his first visit he has experienced 40% relief in his pain levels and 25% relief in pain frequency. He has gained more mobility, he can walk farther, drive farther, sit for longer, and sleep longer without any pain. Within one month, he no longer needs any prescription or OTC pain relievers to manage his pain. All of his relief comes from the acupuncture treatments and the simple instructions I give him.
Dates of treatment thus far:
7/3, 7/5, 7/6, 7/8, 7/10, 7/12, 7/15, 7/17, 7/22, 7/26, 7/29, 8/2, 8/5.
These results are largely due to his commitment to coming in as frequently as I have prescribed and modifying his lifestyle to promote faster healing. This patient also experienced what many call a "healing crisis." This happens in about 20% of my patients. It is a phenomenon where within the first 1-3 treatments, generally, circulation improves in the body and old areas of stagnation can become bothered temporarily, or the pain will shift in some way, usually to a different location, but without decreasing in severity. This can be very distressing for patients if this is not explained to them initially. He experienced quite a few temporary symptoms related to old injuries, but they were fleeting and have not come back. He agrees that within one month, he has had good improvement.
I expect to continue twice-weekly treatments until he has little to no pain between treatment, then we will extend to once weekly treatments, every 10 days, every two weeks, once a month, until he graduates.
This patient continued twice weekly then weekly treatments until 9/19/19 (additional visit dates 8/9, 8/12, 8/16, 8/19, 8/23, 8/26, 8/30, 9/2, 9/5, 9/10, 9/12, 9/19). His total number of visits equalled 25 treatments. He stopped treatment after 9/19/2019. During a follow-up call on 10/16/19, the patient reported he was still pain-free in his low back. This is the beauty of acupuncture treatment. Even when you have stopped treatment, if you have completed your treatment plan, you can remain pain-free for an extended period of time.
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