The Role of Acupuncture in Interventional Pain Management

03 November 2021

Published Online:18 Oct 2021https://doi.org/10.1089/acu.2021.0004

 

Abstract

Objective: Interventional pain management has been recognized over the last couple of decades for treating chronic-pain syndromes. Acupuncture is a nonpharmacologic therapeutic option for pain management and may be an option for different patients with contraindications for interventional pain management. This review explores this options.

Method: This limited review examines the role of acupuncture for managing head-and-neck pain and lower-back pain, according to interventional pain management.

Conclusions: Acupuncture at various points, corresponding to the stellate ganglion, which is ST 10 Shuitu, and corresponding to the splanchnic nerve and the facet joint of the lumbar vertebra—which are Ex-B2 paravertebra—can be applied for pain management in the head-and-neck area and in the lower-back area. According to various research findings, acupuncture is effective and safe for reducing pain in the head and neck area, as well as in the lower back.

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