Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal Conditions

Acupuncture for Musculoskeletal Conditions.

Musculoskeletal conditions comprise more than 150 conditions that affect the locomotor system of individuals. They range from those that arise suddenly and are short-lived, such as fractures, sprains and strains, to lifelong conditions associated with ongoing functioning limitations and disability. Musculoskeletal conditions are typically characterised by pain (often persistent) and limitations in mobility, dexterity and overall level of functioning, reducing people's ability to work.

Is Acupuncture Effective for Musculoskeletal Conditions?

Don't just take our word for it. The following clinical trials have scientifically examined the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for musculoskeletal conditions.

Only reputable papers recently published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years are listed below.



The Clinical Journal of Pain
Acupuncture Versus Sham Acupuncture: A Meta-Analysis on Evidence for Longer-term Effects of Acupuncture in Musculoskeletal Disorders
The Clinical Journal of Pain

A significant difference in therapy effect, favoring acupuncture, was found for pain at <1 month, 1 to 3 months, and 3 to 6 months, as well as on quality of life at <1 month, and on functionality at <1 month and 1 to 3 months.

2020, Jul • Lenoir, Dorine ; De Pauw, Robby ; Van Oosterwijck, Sophie ; Cagnie, Barbara ; Meeus, Mira Full Article

Pain Physician
Acupuncture for Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Network Meta-Analysis of 33 Randomized Controlled Trials
Pain Physician American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

Scraping combined with warming acupuncture and moxibustion was found to be effective for decreasing pain intensity. Existing evidence suggests that most acupuncture therapies are effective in decreasing pain and in improving physical function.

2020, Jan • Li X, Wang R, Xing X, Shi X, Tian J, Zhang J, Ge L, Zhang J, Li L, Yang K. Full Article

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Acupuncture for treating fibromyalgia
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Cochrane

There is low to moderate-level evidence that compared with no treatment and standard therapy, acupuncture improves pain and stiffness in people with fibromyalgia.

2013, May 31 • Deare JC, Zheng Z, Xue CC, Liu JP, Shang J, Scott SW, Littlejohn G. Full Article


Acupuncture points
Acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency. Acupuncture : review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials
World Health Organization, Geneva 2002