I treat low back pain with acupuncture many times every week, and sometimes many times in one day in my acupuncture office! I can tell you unequivocally that acupuncture does work wonders for back pain as well as other kinds of pain including migraines, sports injuries, menstrual pain, and abdominal pain. Acupuncture is without side effects and covered by insurance in Washington State: what have you got to lose by trying it? This form of medicine has been in existence and flourishing for thousands of years.
Research shows that for chronic low back pain relief in the acupuncture groups was significantly more effective than sham treatment and with no additional treatment.
If your low back pain is acute, meaning only a few days old at the most, you should have between one and three acupuncture treatments. If your low back pain is chronic, you should have treatments once per week for a minimum of two months: maybe longer. You may benefit from a Chinese herbal prescription as well, depending upon your personal circumstances.
My recommendation in choosing a practitioner is that he or she has experience treating neuromuscular conditions and that he or she is board certified by the NCCAOM. Acupuncturists who maintain their current diplomate standing with the NCCAOM uphold themselved to the highest standard of continuing education requirements.
Feel free to contact me with questions! I can be reached at Downtown Seattle Acupuncture.