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Amidst opioid crisis, a search for alternatives
NPR looks at how a patient is getting a different kind of pain treatment at UW Medicine.
At a medical clinic in Seattle, Dr. Heather Tick takes a thin acupuncture needle and inserts it into Hannah Lilly’s neck.
She prods the needle deep into Lilly’s muscles in a procedure called ‘intramuscular stimulation therapy’ or ‘dry needling.’ The work uses the needles to release muscle tension and alleviate chronic pain. It looks uncomfortable.
But afterward, Lilly feels a lot better.
Dr. Tick, a professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, was the lead writer of a report released last month by The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health that offers evidence for alternative pain management treatments.