Acupuncture more effective for knee osteoarthritis

Acupuncture more effective for knee osteoarthritis

Acupuncture should be considered to be one of the most effective treatments for short-term alleviation of knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA), according to a network meta-analysis of randomised controlled studies by UK authors. This type of meta-analysis is gaining popularity among clinicians, as it allows comparison between multiple interventions that have been used to treat the same condition, even if there has not been a ‘head-to-head’ comparison in the original studies. Data suitable for analysis came from 114 trials covering 22 different treatment modalities and 9,709 patients. Eight interventions, including acupuncture, were found to result in statistically significant reductions in pain, compared with standard care.

Read more – Journal of Chinese Medicine: http://www.jcm.co.uk/research-archive/article/acupuncture-more-effective-for-knee-osteoarthritis-2343/

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