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Acupuncture was used to reduce musculoskeletal pain and enhance quality of life for members of an Antarctic expedition team. During 16 months at a British Antarctic Survey base, 15 people were treated with acupuncture. The conditions treated were exclusively musculoskeletal and included low back pain, knee pain and lateral epicondylitis. In all cases the pain was assessed during the initial consultation as mild to moderate. Although acupuncture did not improve every patient’s symptoms, for some it made a significant difference, allowing them to partake in activities that enhanced their quality of life. A further advantage of acupuncture was reduction of analgesic use in a situation where drug supplies were limited.

Use of acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain in an expedition medicine setting: a case series. Acupunct Med. 2018 Dec;36(6):425-426.

 

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