Shoulder Pain

Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain

Response to acupuncture treatment can vary significantly, depending on the underlying causes of shoulder pain.

Acupuncture has been commonly used for the following conditions that cause pain around shoulder joints:


  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff tears (partial)
  • Bicipital tendinitis
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Frozen shoulder/Adhesive capsulitis
  • Shoulder osteoarthritis


Acupuncture may not be applicable as a primary treatment of following shoulder conditions:

  • Rotator cuff tears (complete)
  • Calcific tendinitis/bursitis (calcium deposits within a tendon or bursa)
  • Shoulder dislocation and other acute shoulder injuries

Acupuncture Points Used for Shoulder Pain and Injuries