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Can acupuncture help relieve back pain?

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A review of 22 acupuncture studies showed that it provided short-term relief from chronic back pain. It also showed there was greater improvement in pain for people who got acupuncture compared to those who received a “sham” treatment. Other studies have found, though, that sham acupuncture can be as effective as actual acupuncture. Those studies also found that, compared to standard treatment, both actual acupuncture and sham acupuncture are more effective.

From: Acupuncture for Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Aching backs get support from FDA, but not payors.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Study Analysis Shows Acupuncture Effective for Treating Chronic Low Back Pain.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Acupuncture for Pain.”

The University of Chicago Medical Center: “Acupuncture.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 5, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Aching backs get support from FDA, but not payors.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Study Analysis Shows Acupuncture Effective for Treating Chronic Low Back Pain.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Acupuncture for Pain.”

The University of Chicago Medical Center: “Acupuncture.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 5, 2018

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