The role of acupuncture for myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) in interventional pain management

Diana Marsha Fredy, Darwin Harpin, Hasan Mihardja

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Abstract

The aim of this literature review is to describe the role of acupuncture for myofascial pain syndrome in interventional pain management. Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) can be found at all ages. Approximately 30.0-93.0% of patients with musculoskeletal pain have MPS. Unsuccessful treatment can lead to dysfunction, disability, and a cost burden. We conducted a search of studies published in Google Scholar and PubMed databases from 2016 to 2021. Acupuncture, combined with other therapies, is effective in reducing pain and improving physical function. Acupuncture can enhance endogenous opioids such as endorphins to relieve pain and enhance the healing process. Acupuncture could be considered as one of nonpharmacological options in Interventional Pain Management for MPS. Interventions with acupuncture are safe and have minimal side effects when performed by a trained and competent practitioner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-421
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2022

Keywords

  • acupuncture
  • acupuncture needle
  • deep dry needling
  • dry needling
  • interventional pain management
  • pain
  • sparrow pecking
  • superficial dry needling

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