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Western, minimal acupuncture for neck pain: a cohort study
  1. Juliette Ross1,
  2. Adrian White2,
  3. Edzard Ernst2
  1. 1
    Wembley Park Drive Medical Centre, 21 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 8HD (UK)
  2. 2Department of Complementary Medicine, School of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, 25 Victoria Park Road, Exeter EX2 4NT (UK), Email: a.r.white{at}ex.ac.uk

    Summary

    Minimal acupuncture is easily incorporated into primary care consultations, but there is no rigorous evidence of its effectiveness. In a cohort study, minimal acupuncture was given to 32 patients with acute neck pain. Neck pain scores, measured by the Northwick Park Neck Pain questionnaire, fell from an average of 12.1 (±5.4) before treatment to 4.8 (±5.6) at 3 months (p<0.00l). Three months after acupuncture treatment 76% of patients reported themselves “much better”. Out of 18 patients who had had pain lasting less than 2 weeks, 16 required only one treatment. These results suggest that minimal acupuncture may be an effective treatment for neck pain and further definitive studies are recommended.

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