This small study (60 patients) involved the use of electro-acupuncture to treat shoulder pain. Electro-acupuncture is very similar to TENS, except the electrodes are attached to the needles, rather than just pads on the surface of the skin.
This was a randomized trial conducted in Hong Kong and patients either received ‘active’ electro-acupuncture or ‘sham’ electro-acupuncture, addition to standard exercises.
Active or sham electro-acupuncture was given for 30 minutes twice weekly over a period of four weeks and a 30 minute program of standardised neck exercises performed simultaneously.
One month post-treatment 38.9% of the active electro-acupuncture versus 8.3% of the sham electro-acupuncture group reported pain reduction greater than 50%.
Ref: Clin J Pain. 2009 May;25(4):320-6
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