Acupuncture for Low Back Pain
Back pain is a major cause of disability in the US. Cases with nonspecific back pain can be difficult to treat.
Researchers in Northern Ireland reviewed past studies of acupuncture for low back pain. The research published in
found that although the acupuncture provided more relief than traditional treatment it provided the same amount of relief as a
About the Study
The researchers reviewed 23 previous
After combining the studies researchers found:
- Moderate evidence that acupuncture is more effective than no treatment
- Strong evidence that there is no difference between acupuncture and sham acupuncture for short-term pain relief
- Strong evidence that acupuncture can be useful as a supplement to other forms of conventional treatment
How Does This Affect You?
Nonspecific low back pain can be difficult to relieve. See your doctor to rule out problems like
Staying active and strengthening the muscles in your back and abdomen can help keep your back healthy. Practice good lifting techniques and aim for good posture. Smoking can also contribute to back pain. So if you smoke,
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Yuan J, Purepong N, Kerr DP, Park J, Bradbury I, McDonough S. Effectiveness of acupuncture for low back pain: a systematic review. Spine . 2008 Nov 1;33(23):E887-900.
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