Acupuncture helps with Pain due to Degeneration of Cervical Vertebrae

Cervical spondylotic radiculopathy (CSR) is degeneration of the vertebrae in the neck, putting pressure on the nerve roots and causing such symptoms as pins-and-needles and pain in the arms and hands. A pilot study undertaken by Japanese researchers, has shown that acupuncture can be of benefit for this condition.

Fifteen patients diagnosed with CSR and upper extremity pain and/or pins-and-needles, were enrolled into the study; between them, there were 16 affected limbs, and 17 symptom scores of pain/pins-and-needles were gathered. Acupuncture was given once a week for four weeks. Improvement was observed in 90% of cases, with a significant reduction both in patients’ own assessment of their pain, and in function scores on a neck disability index. For 15 of the 17 symptom scores, there was a 50% reduction in symptoms. The improvements remained significant at follow-up after four weeks.

(Clinical effect of acupuncture on cervical spondylotic radiculopathy: results of a case series. Acupuncture in Medicine, on-line 21 August 2013.)