Acupuncture in the Emergency Management of Painful Conditions

AbstractPurpose of ReviewA high percentage of patients present to the emergency department for management of painful conditions. It is in society ’s interest to provide pain relief without contributing to the ongoing opioid crisis.Recent FindingsAcupuncture is an ancient therapy dating from more than 4000  years. It has not historically been shown in rigorous duplicated studies to be effective in the management of acutely painful conditions. More recent literature has shown its promise in the treatment of a variety of defined and common complaints.SummaryNonopioid treatment options for management of moderate to severe acute pain in the emergency department are limited. Recent reports and comparative studies utilizing acupuncture show promise for the emergency care of acute painful conditions.
Source: Current Emergency and Hospital Medicine Reports - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research

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Source: Advances in Therapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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Source: HealthSkills Weblog - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Chronic pain Groupwork Interdisciplinary teams Pain conditions Research Science in practice Source Type: blogs
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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Systematic Review Source Type: research
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Source: Student Doctor Network - Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: Tags: Pain Medicine Source Type: forums
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Source: Military Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Mil Med Source Type: research
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Source: Current Rheumatology Reports - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
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Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research
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Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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Source: American Family Physician - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: Am Fam Physician Source Type: research
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