What is the role of acupuncture in the treatment of frozen shoulder syndrome (FSS) (adhesive capsulitis)?

Updated: Nov 12, 2020
  • Author: Jefferson R Roberts, MD; Chief Editor: S Ashfaq Hasan, MD  more...
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A randomized controlled double-blind study of acupuncture (using press tack needles) integrated with conservative therapy in 60 patients with primary FSS reported immediate pain reduction; subsequently, classical needle acupuncture treatments over 10 weeks produced faster improvement in pain compared with conservative therapy only. [64] This approach may be beneficial in the early painful stages of the disease.


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