Approximately 70% of our patients are addicted to opiates for pain management and the majority are on opiates due to back pain. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people see a pain management doctor and start on opiate drugs. Up to 80% of the world’s population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, with the lower back as the most common location of pain.
Although most episodes of low back pain last less than two weeks, research has shown that recurrence rates for low back pain can reach as high as 50% in the first few months following an initial episode or injury.
While it is difficult to resolve lower back pain, the use of acupuncture has increased dramatically in the past few decades. Placebo-controlled studies have validated it as a reliable method of pain relief. The results of a recent study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain provide further proof that acupuncture is a safe and effective procedure for low-back pain, and that it can maintain positive outcomes for periods of six months or longer. Seeking acupuncture therapy may be an answer to relieving pain without the use of opiates that can have many negative side-effects and cause addiction.