Man holding back and neck in pain

At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, we are acutely aware that most people suffer back and neck pain during their lifetimes. Our doctors, physiatrists specializing in pain alleviation and restoration of function, also understand how pain and immobility issues significantly diminish one’s quality of life. For years, we have been providing effective, nonsurgical treatments like acupuncture to patients across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. 

Our approach combines traditional medical practices with complementary therapies to address the root causes of pain and promote long-term health. We have found that when acupuncture is integrated with other therapeutic techniques, the results are often significantly enhanced. 

What Is Acupuncture and How Does It Work?

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments. The technique involves the insertion of hairline-thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body, known as acupuncture points. 

These points are located along meridians believed to be pathways for “Qi” (pronounced “chee”),  the energy that flows through the body. Acupuncture promotes the natural flow of Qi, improving circulation, reducing inflammation, relaxing muscles, and releasing endorphins, all of which facilitate the body’s own healing process and lead to long-term improvements in physical health and overall well-being. By reducing stress and anxiety, acupuncture can also have a positive effect on the emotional aspects of chronic pain.

Types of Back and Neck Pain Acupuncture Treats

At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, we use acupuncture to address a wide range of back and neck conditions. Our experienced acupuncturists administer acupuncture to relieve pain and improve function in patients suffering from various ailments, including:

  • Sciatica — a condition that involves pain along the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back down through the legs. Acupuncture can help reduce the sharp, burning pain typically associated with sciatica, as well as numbness and tingling in the legs.
  • Disc herniation can cause severe back and neck pain, as well as numbness and weakness in the affected areas. Acupuncture targets specific points to relieve pressure on the nerves and reduce inflammation, providing significant pain relief.
  • Spinal stenosis characterized by the narrowing of space in the spinal column, can lead to nerve compression, pain, numbness, and muscle weakness. Acupuncture can help manage these symptoms, promoting greater spinal health and mobility.
  • Osteoarthritis this common form of arthritis, caused by aging and wear and tear, often affects the back and neck, leading to stiffness, pain, and reduced motion. Acupuncture is known to relieve these symptoms by enhancing circulation and reducing inflammation.
  • Cervical Pain (Stiff Neck) which can result from poor posture, sleeping in an awkward position, or other underlying health issues can be addressed by acupuncture which helps to relax muscle tension and restore range of motion to the neck area.

Acupuncture at Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine is beneficial for patients experiencing back and neck pain due to:

  • Sports injuries, such as strains, sprains, and tears of tendons and ligaments.
  • Congenital or disease conditions like scoliosis and rheumatoid arthritis that can lead to chronic back and neck pain
  • Accidental Injuries, such as those sustained in slips and falls or traffic accidents.

Our treatment regimens are customized to meet the specific needs and health conditions of each individual patient.

Why Acupuncture Works Well in Combination With Other Treatments

Our acupuncture treatments are designed to complement other nonsurgical therapies we offer, such as physical therapy, epidural and facet injections (administered under fluoroscopic guidance), platelet-rich plasma (PRP), radiofrequency denervation, pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. 

By combining acupuncture with these treatments, we can enhance pain relief, improve mobility, and accelerate the healing process. Our holistic approach ensures that we address not only the physical symptoms of back and neck pain but also the underlying causes and associated emotional factors.

Why LI Spine Rehabilitation Medicine Is the Place to Come for Acupuncture

At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, our professionals are highly skilled in the art and science of acupuncture. By integrating acupuncture with other nonsurgical treatments, we offer a holistic approach to pain management that aims to restore health, improve function, and enhance the overall well-being of our patients. Our approach to acupuncture involves a thorough assessment of your medical history, current health status, and specific pain sites to determine which acupuncture points we should target.

Back or Neck Pain? Contact Our Experienced Acupuncturists Today

Acupuncture provides many benefits, all of which are designed to prioritize your health and increase your ability to enjoy life. At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, we believe in the power of combining traditional and complementary treatments to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients. 

If you are suffering from back or neck pain and are looking for a holistic, nonsurgical treatment option, acupuncture at Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine may very well be the right solution. Contact us now to discuss your options with a highly capable and caring professional.