Does acupuncture give any clinical benefit for relieving pain from musculoskeletal conditions, knee osteoarthritis and chronic headache or are any effects down to the 'placebo effect'? http://ow.ly/2rU030g8TPZ
Posted by NIHR on Thursday, 26 October 2017
Are You In Chronic Pain?
I found this interesting paper on acupuncture and chronic pain. The evidence was from “high-quality trials of acupuncture for chronic pain, consisting of musculoskeletal pain related to the neck and low back, osteoarthritis of the knee, and headache and migraine, involving nearly 18,000 patients”. The evidence previously was not well established about how effective and cost-effective it is. That is probably why it was taken out of the guidelines for managing low back pain by NICE.
That said, on our medical acupuncture course we did go over the data and the rationale behind why it was taken out and it was really interesting.
I can only say that with the short amount of time I have added it into my clinical osteopathic practice it has only but given me good results with patients.
This is a quote taken from this page:
Acupuncture is widely used in the NHS. It is particularly used by physiotherapists for musculoskeletal conditions. Its advantage is that it’s not a drug – many drugs have unpleasant side effects and are often poorly tolerated. Most recent guidance suggests that acupuncture is ineffective as a treatment. Yet proponents stubbornly refuse to give up on it. Transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TNS) has had a similar bad press. The greatest problems have been with the design of an appropriate placebo to test it.
This research has developed rigorous methods to investigate both treatments. The outcomes are positive and seem to chime with clinical impressions that acupuncture and TNS can be effective for the right people. Is this the beginning of the turn of the tide?
Dr Cathy Price, Consultant in Pain Management, Southampton University Hospitals
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