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The Benefits for Trying Physical Therapy and Acupuncture for Back Pain Management

Kuether Brain & Spine’s goal is to find the right treatment for patients to help them achieve an active, high-quality life, free of pain. The majority of patients at Kuether Brain & Spine come to Dr. Kuether and his team for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic back pain or back injuries. Back pain and/or back injuries are one of the most common health complaints among Americans.

Fortunately, Dr. Kuether and his team are committed to finding the least invasive treatment option as possible. Part of Dr. Todd Kuether’s mantra is treat each patient’s recovery differently and his practice advocates for the implementation of medical alternatives including physical therapy, acupuncture, injections, and of course, surgery, if necessary. In many cases, physical therapy and acupuncture are commonly explored and used alternatives for those struggling with back pain.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can be integrated into a pain management regimen as the solution or part of the pain management process. Physical therapy aims to help patients building or rebuild strength in their backs, core or other body parts’ weak spots. A physical therapist will tailor a specific exercise program for each patient’s condition and pain level using a variety of mechanisms including: stretching, strengthening exercises, aerobic conditioning, manual therapy techniques, and pain management modalities. Physical therapy also often strives to help patients find natural ways to manage or resolve their pain without the use of prescription painkillers. Please find more information on the benefits of physical therapy here.


Acupuncture is a recognized alternative treatment option for pain relief. It is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that has been used for over 2,000 years. Acupuncture can be helpful to those suffering from back or neck pain because its process stimulates the central nervous system by strategically inserting approved needles into the body’s surface. In most instances, correctly administered acupuncture treatments are pain free for patients. It is believe acupuncture can assist the body and brain with its own pain management. Acupuncture is an explored alternative for neck and back pain as well as for other neuromuscular issues such as headaches and fibromyalgia. Please find more information on acupuncture here.

As mentioned, Dr. Kuether and his team strive to find patients the right and best treatment for their individual recovery journey. We advocate exploring all options including alternative treatments like physical therapy and acupuncture in addition to more traditional options like injections or surgery, if necessary.