343 - Case Study #3

343 A 42 year old man comes in for low back pain with sciatica. The low back pain is bilateral, and he attributes it to his job in construction, where he does a lot of lifting. The pain radiates sharply down the back of his legs as far as the knee. He doesn't remember when the pain started, but it's been at least a few months. He rates the pain right now as a 7/10, and moves stiffly. He has been taking prescription painkillers to be able to work. He says otherwise he feels okay, "I'm just starting to wear out, I guess." His son had acupuncture for back pain last year and he hopes to get similar results.