The symptoms of a spinal disk problem depend on the location of the problem in the spine. Typically, the disks of the neck (cervical) or lower back (lumbar) are the most commonly affected. When the disk puts pressure on the spinal nerves, you may have one or more of the following symptoms:
Sharp pain in the back, sometimes going down the back of one or both legs (commonly known as sciatica); the pain can start immediately during exertion or injury, or shortly afterward.
Inability to bend or straighten your back, accompanied by severe pain
Gradual development of neck or lower back pain, possibly intense upon arising or when sneezing or coughing
Numbness or tingling in your arm or leg
Progressive loss of strength in one or both arms and legs
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...