The Massachusetts General Hospital Pain Management Center offers acupuncture services as a treatment option for individuals with acute or chronic pain. The acupuncture team is led by Lucy Chen, MD, anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist.

Acupuncture is a procedure that involves the stimulation of points on the body by applying fine, sterile needles to specific areas on the skin and has been historically used to treat symptoms from a variety of conditions related to chronic pain.

Conditions that can be treated with acupuncture include:

      • Headaches
      • Low back and neck pain
      • Myofascial pain; fibromyalgia
      • Neuropathic (nerve) pain
      • Osteoarthritis

It typically takes four to eight acupuncture treatments for new patients to experience relief from chronic pain symptoms.

The risks of acupuncture are low when performed by a competent acupuncture practitioner with sterile equipment. To ensure the safety of all patients, our practitioners use sterilized, disposable acupuncture needles, and adhere to a strict hygienic protocol.

To learn more about acupuncture and chronic pain treatment at Mass General, please browse the resources available on the Pain Management Center website, including tips for managing chronic pain and the ways acupuncture can relieve chronic pain.

The Mass General Pain Management Center comprises a group of pain management physicians and certified acupuncturists with experience treating chronic-pain-inducing conditions. We integrate complementary alternative medicine with our pain management practice by offering acupuncture treatment and other integrative medical approaches. Call today to schedule an appointment.