What is the efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Acupuncture is becoming a more frequently used option for treatment of the pain and physical dysfunction associated with osteoarthritis. Some evidence supports its use. For example, a review article of randomized, controlled trials reported that the level of pain persisting after acupuncture was significantly lower than the level of pain persisting after control treatments. [135]


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