Acupuncture reduces pain of some types of arthritis says latest research

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The use of acupuncture may provide relief for knee osteoarthritis, lower back pain and fibromyalgia, says a review of the evidence in Current Rheumatology Reports.

Chronic musculoskeletal pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain is the most common cause of disability around the world and there is no effective solution. Acupuncture is popular, but whether it actually works remains controversial.

New findings

Now a new analysis of the data published in the last five years found that acupuncture:

  • Has short-term pain relief benefits for people with knee osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain;
  • May have a beneficial role for people with fibromyalgia;
  • Is a safe and reasonable referral option;
  • May not be as helpful for hip osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

“The majority of studies concluded the superiority of short-term [pain relieving] effects over various controls and suggested that acupuncture may be efficacious for chronic musculoskeletal pain,” the reviewers conclude.

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