Re: Acupuncture for back pain?
Are you sure the pain is permanent and that there is not something still compressing the nerve that is resulting in this numbness, etc.? I would first be certain of this before accepting that it is permanently damaged.
I have had lots of acupuncture with three different practioners over a period of about 13 years....and consider myself quite experienced on the topic, and yet I never know how to answer a question such as yours.
It can be effective...but there are so many variables...the training of who is treating, the patient's problems, etc. I don't believe I know anyone who has received any permanent pain relief from it.
Some practioners want a person to book a series of appointments up front, saying it takes X-amount to accomplish whatever....I've never gone to that type of acupuncturist. The ones I go to adjust their treatments according to how I did that week following the previous treatment...it is flexible and changes from time to time.
I enjoy it because I find it very relaxing, but personally it could never have resolved my back pain which was mechanical in nature.