• The FDA has proposed that doctors learn about acupuncture as an alternative treatment for pain

    October 23, 2017 | Julie Moore
  • Business Insider | Megan Thielking, STAT | May 10, 2017, 5:44 PM |

    Chiropractors and acupuncturists who have lobbied for a bigger role in treating pain have won a preliminary endorsement from federal health officials.

    The Food and Drug Administration released proposed changes Wednesday to its blueprint on educating health care providers about treating pain. The guidelines now recommend that doctors get information about chiropractic care and acupuncture as therapies that might help patients avoid prescription opioids.

    “[Health care providers] should be knowledgeable about the range of available therapies, when they may be helpful, and when they should be used as part of a multidisciplinary approach to pain management,” the agency wrote in the proposal.