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chief complaint: low back pain

A 45 year old salesman, healthy and active, complained of chronic low back pain of some 20+ years duration, since a sports injury in college. The condition was moderately painful when his back was "out" and was worse with stress and from sitting or driving too long. Married with kids, he maintained a busy schedule of work and family activities, with all the stress that goes with it. Over the years, he received regular chiropractic care and exercised regularly. After getting good results from treatment for a flareup of back pain, this patient used regular acupuncture care as part of a preventative maintenance program. With treatment once a month as time permits, at a cost of about $50/month, he feels great and is able to maintain all his normal activities. He enjoys his acupuncture sessions very much as they offer some respite from his daily stress. 

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Meredith St. John
Boston, MA