Neck pain

Neck pain

  • Neck pain is very common (NICE 2018) and is a major cause of disability worldwide (Haldeman, 2018; Kim 2018; World Health Organization 2016)
  • Several systematic reviews of trials of acupuncture or cupping therapy have found them effective in reducing the intensity of neck pain (Cagnie 2015; Yuan 2015; Kim 2018; Seo 2017)
  • Studies have shown that the benefits of acupuncture for neck pain may be maintained up to 12 months after treatment (Cerzo-Tellez 2016; MacPherson 2015)
  • No serious adverse effects have been reported in systematic reviews or trials of acupuncture or cupping for the management of neck pain (Yuan 2015; Kim 2018; Ho 2017; Cerzo-Tellez 2016)
  • Acupuncture is cost-effective when added to routine care for neck-pain associated disorders (van der Velde 2017)
  • Acupuncture is effective, well-tolerated, and cost-effective for treating chronic neck pain when performed by well-trained healthcare professionals (Yin 2017; Cagnie 2015; Yuan 2015; Kim 2018; Ho 2017; Seo 2017; Cerzo-Tellez 2016; MacPherson 2015; van der Velde 2017)

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