Distal acupuncture needling results in immediate pain reduction in patients with adhesive capsulitis (AC) and adding acupuncture to conservative therapy for the condition results in shorter recovery times. In this German randomised study, 60 volunteers with primary AC were assigned to acupuncture with press tack needles or placebo press tacks. Thirty-four volunteers subsequently received normal acupuncture plus conservative therapy in an open follow-up clinical application, while 13 volunteers received conservative therapy without acupuncture. Acupuncture treatment was performed using distal points. An immediate improvement of 3.3 points in shoulder pain score was seen in the press tack needle group compared with 1.6 points in the placebo group. Acupuncture plus conservative therapy significantly improved pain scores within 15 weeks, compared with 30 weeks for conservative therapy only.
Immediate Pain Relief in Adhesive Capsulitis by Acupuncture-A Randomized Controlled Double-Blinded Study.
Pain Med. 2017 Mar 20. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnx052.