ACUPUNCTURE FOR BACK PAIN



             VERUM ACUPUNCTURE NEARLY TWICE
 AS EFFECTIVE THAN USUAL THERAPY FOR BACK PAIN
 
                                                   
ARCHIVES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE - 2007; Vol 167: pg 1892-1898



  This Study compares acupuncture with guideline-based conventional therapy for low back pain. 

It was an excellent
attempt to do a randomized controlled trial comparing acupuncture to the usual

treatments.  The results showed the
SUPERIORITY of acupuncture in this situation.  Important

 features of the study included the fact that 10-15 acupuncture
treatments were used, and the actual

type of acupuncture treatment was not documented.  However, the authors 
conclude that

acupuncture performed by trained clinicians is superior than conventional therapy for chronic low

 back pain.

                        
                            - 1200 Patients
                            - Randomized Trial
                            - 6 month followup after completion of Acupuncture:
                                        Acupuncture - 48% Responders
                                        Conventional - 27% Responders


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