Research: WASHIO and colleagues,

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Abstract

WASHIO and colleagues, Department of Preventive Medicine, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Japan evaluated the effects of acupuncture therapy on low back pain and/or knee pain in elderly patients.

Background

Methodology

In this cross-sectional study, 75 elderly patients (mean age 79 years) with low back pain and/or knee pain visited an acupuncture and physical therapy unit in a geriatric hospital during April 1999.

Results

60 of the 75 patients reported diminished pain following their therapy. Of these 60 patients, 55.5% were treated with acupuncture . Of the remaining 15 patients (who did not report diminished pain), only 26.7% were treated with acupuncture (p=0.05 for the difference in proportions). This observation suggested that acupuncture therapy may be able to relieve low back pain and/or knee pain in elderly patients. However, 46% of the patients who received acupuncture therapy also received other types of physical therapy .

Conclusion

Further studies are needed to clarify the effects of acupuncture therapy on low back pain and/or knee pain.

References

Washio M et al. Effects of acupuncture therapy on low back pain and/or knee pain in elderly patients. Nippon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi 38 (4): 523-7. Jul 2001.

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