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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Conditions:   Shoulder Injuries;   Pain, Postoperative;   Acupuncture, Ear;   Pain Management Interventions:   Procedure: Battlefield Acupuncture;   Procedure: Standard post-surgical rehabilitation Sponsors:   Keller Army Community Hospital;   Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Not yet recruiting
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Non-pharmacological approaches are effective strategies for difficult to palliate breathlessness. Whilst acupuncture is effective for dyspnoea in early-stage COPD, little is known about its effects in patients with advanced (non-)malignant diseases.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: There is moderate evidence of efficacy for acupuncture in terms of pain reduction immediately after treatment for NSLBP ((sub)acute and chronic) when compared to sham or placebo acupuncture. REGISTRATION: PROSPERO registration no. CRD42017059438. PMID: 31526013 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research
Acupuncture might help to reduce opioid use49 for pain management because it has been shown to have clinical effects on several prevalent chronic pain conditions75,76 including osteoarthritis of the knee,78 chronic back pain,10 tension-type headache52 and migraine,45 with effect sizes comparable to other common pharmacological opioid alternatives.7 In addition, acupuncture has shown to be relatively safe,48,79 and it is used by patients.17 It has also been shown to be cost-effective within accepted thresholds.
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusion: The dual approach of acupuncture and trigger point injection for PSPS patients offer a promising means of pain relief. Controlled studies with larger numbers of patients are required.
Source: EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
The objective of this study was to assess whether the effectiveness of acupuncture is similar to the use of analgesics in the management of toothache. The research included 56 volunteers who were divided into 4 groups: Real Acupuncture group (n=14), Placebo Acupuncture group (n=14), Real Dipyrone group (n=14), and Placebo Dipyrone group (n=14). The interventions of the study were performed before the dental care. Inclusion criteria were toothache of pulpal origin with pain scale (Visual Analogue Scale-VAS) above 4, absence of medication for the pain, and aged over 18 years. The Real Acupuncture volunteers received a sessio...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Chinese medicine modalities, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), have been used as palliative interventions among cancer patients. More research should be conducted to confirm their effectiveness.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
The objective of this study was to determine if adding BFA to a rehabilitation protocol was effective for reducing pain and use of prescribed pain medications, compared to that protocol alone after shoulder surgery. Materials and Methods: Forty Department of Defense beneficiaries (ages 17-55) were randomized to either a standard-of-care group or a standard-of-care + BFA group prior to shoulder surgery. The standard BFA protocol was administered with semipermanent acupuncture needles emplaced on the subjects' ears for 3-5 days within 24 hours after shoulder surgery in an outpatient physical therapy setting. BFA was reapplie...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Med Acupunct Source Type: research
Abstract Vulvodynia - Diagnostics and Management Strategies Abstract. Vulvodynia is characterized by chronic, idiopathic vulvar pain lasting for at least three months. After exclusion of other, specific diseases associated with vulvar pain, which can be treated accordingly, realistic therapy goals for this chronic disease should be defined. The therapy concept is multimodal, interdisciplinary as well as individualized and includes the combination of general recommendations with physiotherapeutic and psychotherapeutic measures. Pharmacological therapy, which is indispensable, is carried out off-label and includes t...
Source: Praxis - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Praxis (Bern 1994) Source Type: research
Authors: Liu F, You J, Li Q, Fang T, Chen M, Tang N, Yan X Abstract Objectives. Acupuncture has been widely used to relieve chronic pain-related insomnia (CPRI). However, the efficacy of acupuncture for CPRI is uncertain. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of acupuncture for CPRI. Methods. Seven electronic databases were searched from inception to December 2018. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were included if acupuncture was compared to sham acupuncture or conventional drug therapies for treating CPRI. Two reviewers screened each study and extracted data independently. Statistical analyses ...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
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