Back Pain. Its Clinical Appraisal and Subsequent Acupuncture Treatment

Dr Daniel J Traum
Federal President, Australian Medical Acupuncture College, Australia

This paper will illustrate a practical clinical approach and assessment of chronic back pain and sciatica.

Musculoskeletal pain makes up the majority of patients seeking acupuncture treatment and the most common musculoskeletal problem is back pain and sciatica.

All aspects of chronic back pain and sciatica are discussed, including definition, causes, the importance of history and examination, the place of suitable investigations including the over reliance of radiology and its overuse, as well as the limited place for surgery. Includes the recognition of “the Deconditioning Syndrome” and finally the acupuncture approach and treatment.