Acupuncture for bone metastasis pain?


Question from Isabelle: Does acupuncture help for pain from bone mets?
Answers - Neal Slatkin I think the value of acupuncture is best assessed in each patient individually. There have been no well-controlled clinical studies that have shown the value of acupuncture in the treatment of bone metastasis pain. Therefore, it would be hard to provide a good scientific answer to that question.

However, some patients with bone metastasis involving the spine or the ribs may have associated with their bone pain an element of muscle pain. And I would expect that the value of acupuncture would be principally to treat that muscle pain.

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