Intervertebral Disc Disease

Intervertebral Disc Disease can cause acute or chronic back pain, as well as weakness or paralysis of the hind limbs or both front and hind limbs. Surgical treatment is often recommended. If surgery is performed on these animals, acupuncture is recommended in the healing phase to decrease pain and inflammation, and to speed the entire process of healing. Often, however, surgery is not an option due to financial reasons, the increased risk of anesthesia or other health concerns. In these cases, acupuncture can help animals greatly in the healing process. Many animals with disc disease will recover fully from a ruptured disc with acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine.

Case Study

Millie Rogers is a 6-year-old Dachshund who came to us in March 2010 unable to walk due to disk disease in her mid-back. She had lost the ability to move her hind limbs and she could not feel a pinch to the toe. Millie’s owners were not interested in pursuing surgery, the treatment most commonly recommend. Millie received acupuncture every four to six days. Within one month, Millie was able to stand on her own and take a few steps―and even climb four stairs to get onto the couch. She then received the biweekly treatments until the end of June 2010 and was released from care in August. At the time of this writing Millie still walks normally and has had only one acupuncture treatment since her original injury. 

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