Acupunture for back Pain.
Is Acupuncture working for back pain?
Back Pain is the leading cause of visits to a licensed acupuncturist, and many medical acupuncturists consider acupuncture an effective treatment for chronic back pain. Chronic back pain, a major public health problem in many countries, causes tremendous pain in patients and seriously affects the quality of life. Although the recommendations of acupuncture for spinal pain are inconsistent meta-analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating chronic back pain indicate they work. The results of the included studies suggest that acupuncture can significantly relieve pain when compared with placebo. In addition, other studies indicated that acupuncture is a feasible and safe therapy for reducing chronic back pain.
Our findings indicate that acupuncture can reduce pain in the immediate and short term. Unfortunately, the pain reduction drops dramatically in the medium term reducing the confidence in this therapy. For patients with chronic neck pain, the effect on pain relief decreases considerably in the short term and medium term.
Acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing increasing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, thus reducing the pain. The disappearance of the effect might be due to the reduction in these neurotransmitters and neurohormones. For patients with sciatica, acupuncture has a stable effect on pain relief. Acupuncture is significantly more effective than other treatments including medication therapy, massage, physical exercise, and other usual treatments.
incidence of minor adverse reactions was 91 per 10 000 treatments, and the incidence of major adverse reactions was 6 per 1 000 000 treatments.
In general, acupuncture may be more effective than CBT or multimodal treatment in the immediate term at reducing chronic spinal pain, while CBT or multimodal treatment may be more effective in the long-term management of spinal pain.
compared to no treatment, acupuncture has a significantly superior effect on the reduction in pain and functional limitations for patients with chronic back pain. Our results suggest that acupuncture is also a safe therapy. Patients with chronic back pain might benefit from acupuncture therapy.
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