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1. Can back pain lead to any complications?
Back pain associated with slipped disc or a herniated disc may cause nerve damage due to increased pressure. The pain may become severe enough to cause pain on other areas of the body which can make it difficult for the patient to perform routine activities. Other complications include weight gain due to difficulty in performing movements, depression, insomnia and other conditions.
2. Is acupuncture useful in the treatment of back pain?
Acupuncture involves insertion of sterilised needles at specific points on the body to help relieve pain. Acupuncture has helped reduce the intensity of back pain in some individuals.
3. Is cupping therapy useful in treating back pain?
Cupping is an ancient Persian practice which has been used for the treatment of pain including back pain. Cupping creates a vacuum which increases blood flow to the affected region.
4. Is sciatica same as back pain?
Sciatica is a condition occurring due to a herniated or slipped disc. Sciatica also causes back pain which differs from other forms of lower back pain as the pain associated with sciatica travels to the lower extremities as well.
5. Are there different treatment options for upper and lower back pain?
Treatment of back pain depends upon the cause. Upper and lower back pain may be associated with different conditions and treatment may vary. However, some treatment options such as medications may be common for both upper and lower back pain.