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chief complaint: chronic neck pain

A 39 year old nurse manager complained of chronic neck pain following a whiplash injury resulting from an auto accident 1 year before. She had already been treated with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and osteopathic manipulation. 

This woman did very well with acupuncture care, reporting about 90% pain relief after a few sessions. In the beginning she felt better right after her sessions, but the pain returned after a few days or when she became tired or stressed. We treated her about 10 times in all, first weekly and then at longer intervals, until her pain relief was very stable. She also reported that acupuncture cleared up migraine headaches, allergies, and improved sleep.

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Meredith St. John
Boston, MA