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Shoulder pain can have several causes. The problem is common and often difficult to treat. Acupuncture has long been advocated for the management of various pain syndromes, including shoulder pain. Anecdotal evidence supports its use for this purpose, but clinical trials have yielded mixed findings.
In this multicentre patient-blinded study, the German researchers randomised 424 outpatients suffering from shoulder pain for at least 6 weeks who had a pain score of at least 50 mm …
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