Chronic neck pain is a common problem that can interfere with a person's daily activities. Most often, chronic neck pain is due to nonspecific problems with the muscles, tendons, and bones of the neck. Common treatments include medications to reduce pain and inflammation and physical therapy or exercise to improve movement of the neck. Unfortunately, these treatments can have side effects and do not always help. Consequently, many people with chronic neck pain seek alternative treatments, such as acupuncture. Acupuncture is a medical treatment that was developed in China thousands of years ago. It involves putting special needles into specific points of the body to treat medical conditions. Increasingly, mainstream medicine is recognizing acupuncture as an effective treatment for a variety of disorders. Unfortunately, no studies prove that acupuncture helps patients with chronic neck pain.