Question:I'm thinking about trying acupuncture for my chronic neck pain. What can I expect in terms of results? How soon will I see a benefit?
Answer:Most people seeking acupuncture treatment are after pain relief. In many cases, if the painful symptoms can be reduced, then the person can do more, so function improves, too. With decreased pain and increased function, it's likely that your quality of life will also improve.
Many people obtain immediate relief from pain with acupuncture. Others notice a gradual improvement over a period of hours to days to weeks. A smaller number of patients report no change and stop the treatments.
For the best results, seek out someone who does acupuncture who has special training. Not all states require licensing or certification of training for this treatment. It's best to ask what credentials the person has. Sterile technique is also important.Stefan N. Willich, et al. Cost-effectiveness of Acupuncture Treatment in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain. In Pain. November 2006. Vol. 125. No. 1-2. Pp.107-113.
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