I recently reviewed a report on acupuncture for chronic pain. It reviewed 13 clinical randomized trials that occurred up until December 2015 and included over 20,000 patients. It compared the use of acupuncture to no acupuncture in patients or sham acupuncture, which was fake acupuncture and it found a significant difference in both pain relief and improved function in the patients using real acupuncture. It also found that the results can persist over many months.
Our clinic does feel that acupuncture can be a significant beneficial modality for treatment of many types of pain. Patients can sometimes lower their pain medication with the use of acupuncture. Some insurances do cover it. If you would like to discuss this with your provider let us know.