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Posts Tagged ‘osteoarthritis tretment’

knee acupuncture

An article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that the effect of acupuncture for reducing pain in knees with osteoarthritis remains vague and open to interpretation.

1007 patients with knee osteoarthritis (experiencing chronic pain for at least 6 months) were seen at 315 primary care practices with experience in traditional chinese acupuncture.  This was a randomized controlled trial.

Patients were given real acupuncture and “sham” acupuncture over the course of six weeks.  No statistically significant difference was reported between the two acupuncture therapies.  This suggests any difference could be a placebo effect.

In short, acupuncture was proven to be ineffective at reducing knee pain associated with osteoarthritis.  Other osteoarthritis treatment options should be explored.

Hanns-Peter Scharf, MD; Ulrich Mansmann, PhD; Konrad Streitberger, MD; Steffen Witte, PhD; Jurgen Kramer, MD; Christoph Maier, MD;Hans-Joachim Trampisch, PhD, and Norbert Victor; PhD Acupuncture and Knee Osteoarthritis, Annals of Internal Medicine, July 4, 2006 Vol 145 no. 1 12-20