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Does acupuncture work for arthritis?

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Placebo effect

Acupuncture has shown a strong palcebo effect in rheumatic conditions.
Studies have been done in oa, ra, neck and back pain, and fibromyalgia. Obviously, just like any treatments either well studied or not, acupuncture will help some people with arthritis, but there is no strong evidence that it will help arthritis in general. It also can get expensive since insurance usually doesnt cover it.

In brief: Placebo effect

Acupuncture has shown a strong palcebo effect in rheumatic conditions.
Studies have been done in oa, ra, neck and back pain, and fibromyalgia. Obviously, just like any treatments either well studied or not, acupuncture will help some people with arthritis, but there is no strong evidence that it will help arthritis in general. It also can get expensive since insurance usually doesnt cover it.
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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2 comments
Dr. Val Koganski
Acupuncture helps with pain, but will not cure arthritis, and would require maintenance treatment, like any other pain reducing modalities, i.e. drugs, injections, PT, but without side effects.
Dr. Nisha Manek
I agree with Dr. Koganski. Acpuncture is worth trying in patients who otherwise would not be candidates for oral pain meds or have failed usual conventional strategies
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes

Acupuncture can give short term relief for arthritis pain.

In brief: Yes

Acupuncture can give short term relief for arthritis pain.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Dr. Gregory Harvey
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