Nearly 8 out of every 10 people will have low back pain at some point in life. Back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. It is also the No. 1 reported reason for seeking acupuncture. The good news is chronic low back pain is one of the conditions that research suggests acupuncture may be an effective tool for treating.
One recent review of 22 acupuncture studies showed that it provided short-term relief from chronic back pain. It also showed there was greater improvement...
X-rays typically aren't useful or needed. But if your medical history and physical exam
suggest a more serious condition (such as a tumor, infection, fracture, or
severe nerve damage), or if your leg pain and other symptoms don't get better
after 4 weeks of nonsurgical treatment, your doctor may order X-rays.
tests, such as blood tests, may be done to rule out other conditions.
tests aren't used as often as an MRI or a CT scan, but they may give
your doctor more information: