Acupuncture in the Emergency Management of Painful Conditions
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Purpose of Review
A high percentage of patients present to the emergency department for management of painful conditions. It is in society’s interest to provide pain relief without contributing to the ongoing opioid crisis.
Acupuncture is an ancient therapy dating from more than 4000 years. It has not historically been shown in rigorous duplicated studies to be effective in the management of acutely painful conditions. More recent literature has shown its promise in the treatment of a variety of defined and common complaints.
Nonopioid treatment options for management of moderate to severe acute pain in the emergency department are limited. Recent reports and comparative studies utilizing acupuncture show promise for the emergency care of acute painful conditions.
KeywordsOpioid crisis Acupuncture Pain management Alternative medicine
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.
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