HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Acupuncture better than drugs alone for osteoarthritis of the knee

Acupuncture, as a complementary therapy to drug treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee, is more effective than drug treatment alone, find researchers from Spain in this week's BMJ.

Osteoarthritis of the knee is common, affecting almost a tenth of the population aged over 55. The role of acupuncture in osteoarthritis remains controversial and few studies comparing acupuncture and drug treatment have been conducted.

A total of 88 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were randomly divided into two groups, one receiving acupuncture plus diclofenac (an anti-inflammatory drug) and the other dummy (placebo) acupuncture plus diclofenac. Treatment lasted 12 weeks and levels of pain, stiffness, and physical function were monitored using recognised scales.

The acupuncture group had a greater reduction in pain and stiffness, improved physical functioning and quality of life than the placebo group.

Although the 12-week monitoring period may be insufficient to evaluate the effects of treatment in the medium term, acupuncture as a complementary therapy to drug treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee is more effective than drug treatment alone, say the authors.

Future research should extend the observation period after treatment in order to evaluate the duration of the improvement obtained and to establish treatment protocols, they conclude.


'"/>

Contact: Emma Dickinson
edickinson@bmj.com
44-207-383-6529
BMJ-British Medical Journal
18-Nov-2004


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Acupuncture found to lower elevations in blood pressure
2. Acupuncture relieves pelvic pain during pregnancy
3. Acupuncture relieves pain and improves function in knee osteoarthritis
4. Acupuncture calms nerves, improves heart function
5. Acupuncture is promising treatment for cocaine addiction, Yale researchers find
6. Do minorities survive hospitalization better than others?
7. Boston University team finds link between high cholesterol and better cognitive performance
8. Specialist care gives better rate of survival
9. Balance and better interactions between primary-care and specialist physicians improve US health
10. Computational tool predicts how drugs work in cells, advancing efforts to design better medicines
11. Pet scanning better for heart disease diagnosis, management

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/10/2019)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... October 10, 2019 , ... Caring.com, ... Living Report on the Best and Worst Places for Seniors to Live. All 50 ... community engagement, transportation, quality of life and workforce development. , According to the ...
(Date:10/8/2019)... , ... October 08, 2019 , ... SoCal Adolescent Wellness ... happy to announce the expansion of our services to better serve the families in ... over this last year to see the extraordinary impact this pre-intervention program has on ...
(Date:10/8/2019)... ... October 08, 2019 , ... ... CT, help patients with missing teeth restore their smiles with long-lasting dental ... surgeons relies on advanced i-CAT® 3D Cone Beam CT imaging, X-Guideā„¢ software and ...
(Date:10/8/2019)... ... October 08, 2019 , ... At the 13th ... President Gregg Church will inform conference attendees how the 4medica Perfect ... starting with the right, clean patient data. The single platform interfaces to core ...
(Date:10/8/2019)... (PRWEB) , ... October 08, 2019 , ... ... MCN Healthcare to seamlessly integrate skills and procedures content from Dynamic ... to help nurses and allied health professionals master critical skills. MCN provides custom ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/17/2019)... HILLS, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... October 17, 2019 , ... ... Allergan of its Biocell brand of textured implants is the subject of a September ... F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., aka Dr. J says that the Allergan recall has revived a number ...
(Date:10/15/2019)... , ... October 14, 2019 ... ... LP2 linearity and calibration verification kit, for Roche cobas® analyzers, Order No. ... Apolipoprotein B (Apo-B). Each VALIDATE® LP2 kit, liquid, ready-to-use, and prepared ...
(Date:10/15/2019)... ... October 14, 2019 , ... An October 4 article on ... correlation between tooth loss and heart disease. The researchers found that individuals between 40 ... of also having heart-related problems, compared to just seven percent for those who never ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: