Acupuncture in treatment of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders of orchestra musicians?

Die Arbeit gibt einen Einblick, wie Akupunktur bei PRMD (Spielassoziierte Überlastungssyndrome von Orchestermusikern) eingesetzt werden kann. Veröffentlichung war im Frühjahr 2012 in der renommierten Zeitschrift "Work".

Playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMD) play a major role among musicians. The rate of 38.5% of pre-retirement among German orchestra musicians is high compared to the rate of 20.8 % of the art-related working people in theater including singers.  Reasons for PRMD are overuse with the appearance of repetitive strain injury (RSI), a closed cinematic chain due to the instrumental requirements, technical skill problems, distress and fear of pre-retirement and inability to earn a living. Patients do not follow doctors’ proposal and medical doctors are not satisfied with the quality of medical health care. The view on the evidence of acupuncture as a complementary treatment of musculoskeletal disorders could be helpful - yet it is not commonly used in the treatment of PRMD. No research has been found. In our paper we provide a brief overview about the background of acupuncture, give patient examples of treatments of PRMD with acupuncture and discuss the possible benefits.

Authors: F. Molsberger, A. Molsberger