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OARSI – Recommendation XII: Acupuncture may work

July 24, 2010

This is a continuation of our series on the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis published in the Journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.

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Recommendation XII

Acupuncture may benefit patients with knee OA.

Acupuncture is recommended as a treatment option for hip or knee osteoarthritis in 5/8 existing guidelines.  Also, seven randomized controlled trials were evaluated.  393 patients claimed that “real” acupuncture was more effective than “sham” acupuncture for pain relief.  However the findings in regards to function were inconclusive.

The research team gave this osteoarthritis treatment option a Strength of Recommendation score of 59%.

W. Zhang Ph.D., Moskowitz M.D., et al. OARSI recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis, Part II: OARSI evidence-based, expert consensus guidelines. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. (2008) 16, 137-162


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