Acupuncture for Neck Disorders.

Trinh, Kien MD;  Graham, Nadine Gross, Anita; Goldsmith, Charlie; Wang, Ellen; Cameron, Ian; Kay, Theresa

The objective of this study was to determine the effects of acupuncture for individuals with neck pain.  10 trials that examined acupuncture treatments for chronic neck pain were reviewed.  The results of this review showed that there is moderate evidence that acupuncture relieves pain better than some sham treatments, measured at the end of the treatment. There is moderate evidence that those who received acupuncture reported less pain at short-term follow-up than those on a waiting list. There is also moderate evidence that acupuncture is more effective than inactive treatments for relieving pain posttreatment, and this is maintained at short-term follow-up.

Spine.    32(2):236-243, January 15, 2007.

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Neck Pain

Out of all 291 conditions studied in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, neck pain ranked 4th highest in terms of disability and 21st in terms of overall burden.

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