The modern Denver office is quite different from years past. With our dependence on electronics and computers, a new crop of workplace injuries are showing up that our parents and grandparents never saw. One such problem is severe neck pain caused by a workplace that is not ergonomically designed. For some employees, the neck pain may start off as minor twinges, but it could easily turn into something that prevents them from working altogether. A new study, however, shows that acupuncture may be one way to overcome disabling neck pain.
Last month, a study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine that found that 50 percent of the people who had received acupuncture experienced a 50 percent reduction in their levels of pain. In addition, 42 percent of individuals who had received sham acupuncture, or pretending to insert needles into a person, also saw their pain decrease by half. This data, of course, has been disputed by some, alleging that acupuncture merely has a placebo effect, but the study complied with very high standards.
Each year, approximately 3 million people in the United States use acupuncture to treat chronic pain. Unfortunately, many individuals may have to pay for the service out of pocket because their insurance, Medicare and Medicaid don’t cover it. This has been a problem for many people who are unable to work because of their back and neck pain.
When a workstation is set up in such a way that it causes an employee back or neck pain, he or she may be able to receive workers’ compensation to help cover some of the medical bills and lost wages associated with that pain. Determining eligibility or even just filling out the paperwork can be difficult for many people, and that is why it is often beneficial to seek out the services of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
Source: ABC News, “Acupuncture May Actually Work for Pain After All,” Chandni Patel, Sept. 11, 2012