Acupuncture needles for pain management have a coiled handle, fine shaft, and sharp point. Sterilized and disposable, these needles are solid and do not inject substances into the body. Standard sizes are .5”, 1”, and 1.5”.
Pain clinic patients wonder if acupuncture works and whether acupuncture needles are safe. An ancient form of internal medicine, acupuncture practitioners can trace their lineage to China in A.D. 25. Through thousands of years, this form of natural healing has proven to be safe and effective.
In 2004, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) concluded a study involving pain with acupuncture needles. This landmark study showed that acupuncture provides provide pain relief and improves overall functioning in patients with osteoarthritis.