What are the guidelines for the use of acupuncture to treat osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Several groups have issued guidelines regarding acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis. The AAOS does not recommend the use of acupuncture for symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (strong recommendation). [136] The ACR recommends traditional Chinese acupuncture for patients with chronic moderate-to-severe pain who would be candidates for total knee arthroplasty but who either do not want it or have contraindications to it. [127]


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