Acupuncture For Back Pain
In Camberwell, London SE5 and Shoreditch, London E1.
Acupuncture is widely known for its effectiveness in the treatment of pain. Its unique
role in reducing suffering in patients experiencing pain is one of the main reasons it has become so popular around the world. Research is plentiful on the effects of acupuncture for specific painful conditions. For acute pain, a systematic review of 13 trials found that acupuncture was more effective than both sham needling and injection with painkillers. For chronic pain, in the largest study of its kind to date, 454,920 patients were treated with acupuncture for headache, low back pain, and/or osteoarthritis in an open pragmatic trial. Effectiveness was rated as marked or moderate in 76% of cases by the 8,727 treating physicians. In a 2-year retroactive survey of over 89,000 patients published in 2016, 93% of patients said that their acupuncturist had been successful in treating their musculoskeletal pain.
A study in the journal, Current Opinion in Anesthesiology, in the paper titled ‘Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: an Update and Critical Overview’ concluded that “mounting evidence supports the effectiveness of acupuncture to treat chronic low back, neck, shoulder, and knee pain, as well as headaches. Additional data are emerging that support the use of acupuncture as an adjunct or alternative to opioids, and in perioperative settings.” 93% Of 89,000 patients reported successful treatment for musculoskeletal pain with acupuncture (American Specialty Health 2016)
Back pain is predominantly treated with acupuncture but can also be combined with the use of heat lamps, massage or electro-acupuncture to achieve the best results.