Acupuncture is generally considered a very safe procedure when performed by a licensed practitioner.
As earlier said little research exists related to the use of acupuncture for shoulder sprain/strain. However, due to the safety and costs, and effectiveness related to other common musculoskeletal disorders, our advisory panel suggests that it may be worth considering.
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It is not feasible to perform acupuncture on your own. Always consult a fully licensed acupuncturist if you are considering getting it done.
Compared to common medical treatments for shoulder sprain/strains acupuncture is very low cost. However, one must weigh the cost against the odds of success for any treatment.
Current research shows acupuncture to be a safe and effective treatment for shoulder pain, especially as it relates to rotator cuff tendonitis, frozen shoulder, subacromial impingement syndrome, and rehab following surgery. However, for a straightforward sprain/strain little research exists. [i]
[i] Hall et al. Effects of dry needling trigger point therapy in the shoulder region on patients with upper extremity pain and dysfunction: a systemic review with meta-analysis. Physiotherapy. 2018 June; 104(2):167-177.