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2020 Jul 31

Medicine (Baltimore)



A study on the effectiveness of pharmacopuncture for chronic neck pain: A protocol for a pragmatic randomized controlled trial.


Park K S, Lee Y J, Lee J, Ha I-H
Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 Jul 31; 99(31):e21406.
PMID: 32756138.


Neck pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder that impacts individuals' daily life, and might sometimes lead to disability and increased medical costs. Pharmacopuncture combines acupuncture with herbal medicine, in which herbal extracts are administered on the acupoints. We designed a pragmatic randomized controlled trial (RCT) to compare the effectiveness of pharmacopuncture and physical therapy as a treatment for chronic neck pain.