A single-blind, enterzed, placebo-controlled trial of superficial acupuncture in the treatment of low back pain was carried out by comparing 8 patients treated by acupuncture with 9 patients treated by placebo.

The results in 971 outpatients who have been treated with acupuncture for different diseases are reported. The outcome of treatments and number of sessions are discussed in relation to the different diseases.

Although low back pain is usually a self-limiting and benign disease that tends to improve spontaneously over time, a large variety of therapeutic interventions are available for the treatment of low back pain. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to assess the effects of acupuncture for the treatment of non-specific low back pain.

The aim of this study was to describe the effects of acupuncture in the treatment of low-back and pelvic pain during pregnancy and compare it with physiotherapy. METHODS: Sixty pregnant women were allotted to acupuncture or physiotherapy.

To clarify the influence of acupuncture therapy on the quality of life (QOL) of the elderly, the acupuncture and moxibustion were performed on 35 elderly subjects (8 men and 27 women) with a mean age 79. 1 living in nursing homes and elderly care houses. The acu-points were chosen according to their symptoms.

Among 60 consecutively included patients with acute low back pain, 30 patients were randomized to enterzedd acupuncture treatment for two weeks, and 30 patients to entero-soluble naproxen 500 mg twice daily for ten days. Effects were observed over six months, and observed for a further 12 months with regard to relapse of low back pain and number of days on sickness leave.

Fifty consecutive patients (33 women, 17 men; mean age, 49.8 years) with chronic low back pain (mean pain duration, 9.5 years) and without rhizopathy or history of acupuncture treatment were included in the study.

60 patients with low back pain and lumbar disc herniation diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography were treated by acupuncture.

We report our initial experience with acupuncture treatment at the Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital’s Acupuncture Research Clinic. PATIENTS: One thousand one hundred and twenty-eight patients received a total of 12,172 acupuncture treatment sessions during the period between September 1995 and December 1996.

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), originally based on the gate-control theory of pain, is widely used for the treatment of chronic low back pain. Despite its wide use and theoretical rationale, there appears at first glance little scientific evidence to support its use.


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