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Q: I have had chronic low back pain for years and occasionally I get acute flare-ups at random times. Can you help?

A: Yes. 86 million Americans have chronic pain that is not relieved by conventional medicine. Back pain is the second most common reason that people visit their primary care physician. Today, many chronic pain clinics are encouraging patients to cope with pain, but without medication.

There is a growing body of clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of acupuncture for pain relief. By using an MRI, which shows how the brain reacts to stimuli, researchers have proven that acupuncture is effective in relieving pain. This is an especially good option for people who cannot, or do not want to, take medication.

Acupuncture is being increasingly recommended by doctors at leading medical centers---and patients feel relief. It can successfully treat sciatica; headaches; sports injuries; bursitis; tendinitis; arthritis; back/disc/muscle pain; neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, leg and foot pain.

About the Author:

Jane McKee, MAcOM, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist in Tigard, Oregon. 

To learn more about Jane McKee or the Meridian Acupuncture Clinic, please visit