Daniel Mazanec, MD, FACP, FACR, Associate Director, Center for Spine Health Cleveland Clinic, discusses medical acupuncture, which is currently practiced by between 4000 and 5000 physicians in the US and is becoming popular for pain management, particularly in musculoskeletal medicine.
Acupuncture is now used by around 5000 physicians in the US. Early research is demonstrating efficacy in the areas of pain relief in headache and muscoskeletal medicine.
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