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Acupunct Med. 2012 Dec;30(4):346-9. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2012-010208. Epub 2012 Aug 23.

Is there a role for acupuncture in the treatment of tendinopathy?

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  • 1Pure Sports Medicine, Canary Wharf, London E14 4QT, England. brad.neal@puresportsmed.com

Abstract

Tendinopathy is a debilitating condition in athletic and sedentary populations for which a gold standard treatment strategy does not yet exist. While the pathophysiology of tendinopathy is well understood, a debate remains as to the nature of the pain mechanism in tendinopathy which makes treatment selection challenging. This clinical discussion presents evidence to suggest that acupuncture may have a role in the treatment of tendinopathy, through the facilitation of tendon blood flow and fibroblastic activity, making recommendations for further research.

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