Low Back Pain

Acupuncture needles inserted in lower back points of acupuncture meridian model

 Selected Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) of Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

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Updated March 7, 2012

1.            Shankar N, Thakur M, Tandon OP, Saxena AK, Arora S, Bhattacharya N: Autonomic status and pain profile in patients of chronic low back pain and following electro acupuncture therapy: a randomized control trial. Indian journal of physiology and pharmacology 2011, 55(1):25-36.

2.            Di Cesare A, Giombini A, Di Cesare M, Ripani M, Vulpiani MC, Saraceni VM: Comparison between the effects of trigger point mesotherapy versus acupuncture points mesotherapy in the treatment of chronic low back pain: a short term randomized controlled trial. Complementary therapies in medicine 2011, 19(1):19-26.

3.            Wasan AD, Kong J, Pham LD, Kaptchuk TJ, Edwards R, Gollub RL: The impact of placebo, psychopathology, and expectations on the response to acupuncture needling in patients with chronic low back pain. J Pain 2010, 11(6):555-563.

4.            Lin ML, Lin MH, Fen JJ, Lin WT, Lin CW, Chen PQ: A comparison between pulsed radiofrequency and electro-acupuncture for relieving pain in patients with chronic low back pain. Acupuncture & electro-therapeutics research 2010, 35(3-4):133-146.

5.            Lee JH, Park HJ, Lee H, Shin IH, Song MY: Acupuncture for chronic low back pain: protocol for a multicenter, randomized, sham-controlled trial. BMC musculoskeletal disorders 2010, 11:118.

6.            Hopton AK, Thomas KJ, MacPherson H: Willingness to try acupuncture again: reports from patients on their treatment reactions in a low back pain trial. Acupunct Med 2010, 28(4):185-188.

7.            Yuan J, Purepong N, Hunter RF, Kerr DP, Park J, Bradbury I, McDonough S: Different frequencies of acupuncture treatment for chronic low back pain: an assessor-blinded pilot randomised controlled trial. Complementary therapies in medicine 2009, 17(3):131-140.

8.            Wang SM, Dezinno P, Lin EC, Lin H, Yue JJ, Berman MR, Braveman F, Kain ZN: Auricular acupuncture as a treatment for pregnant women who have low back and posterior pelvic pain: a pilot study. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 2009, 201(3):271 e271-279.

9.            Itoh K, Itoh S, Katsumi Y, Kitakoji H: A pilot study on using acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to treat chronic non-specific low back pain. Complementary therapies in clinical practice 2009, 15(1):22-25.

10.          Inoue M, Hojo T, Nakajima M, Kitakoji H, Itoi M: Comparison of the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment and local anaesthetic injection for low back pain: a randomised controlled clinical trial. Acupunct Med 2009, 27(4):174-177.

11.          Glazov G, Schattner P, Lopez D, Shandley K: Laser acupuncture for chronic non-specific low back pain: a controlled clinical trial. Acupunct Med 2009, 27(3):94-100.

12.          Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ, Avins AL, Erro JH, Ichikawa L, Barlow WE, Delaney K, Hawkes R, Hamilton L, Pressman A et al: A randomized trial comparing acupuncture, simulated acupuncture, and usual care for chronic low back pain. Archives of internal medicine 2009, 169(9):858-866.

13.          Kennedy S, Baxter GD, Kerr DP, Bradbury I, Park J, McDonough SM: Acupuncture for acute non-specific low back pain: a pilot randomised non-penetrating sham controlled trial. Complementary therapies in medicine 2008, 16(3):139-146.

14.          Haake M, Muller HH, Schade-Brittinger C, Basler HD, Schafer H, Maier C, Endres HG, Trampisch HJ, Molsberger A: German Acupuncture Trials (GERAC) for chronic low back pain: randomized, multicenter, blinded, parallel-group trial with 3 groups. Archives of internal medicine 2007, 167(17):1892-1898.

15.          Witt CM, Jena S, Selim D, Brinkhaus B, Reinhold T, Wruck K, Liecker B, Linde K, Wegscheider K, Willich SN: Pragmatic randomized trial evaluating the clinical and economic effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic low back pain. American journal of epidemiology 2006, 164(5):487-496.

16.          Thomas KJ, MacPherson H, Thorpe L, Brazier J, Fitter M, Campbell MJ, Roman M, Walters SJ, Nicholl J: Randomised controlled trial of a short course of traditional acupuncture compared with usual care for persistent non-specific low back pain. BMJ (Clinical research ed 2006, 333(7569):623.

17.          Ratcliffe J, Thomas KJ, MacPherson H, Brazier J: A randomised controlled trial of acupuncture care for persistent low back pain: cost effectiveness analysis. BMJ (Clinical research ed 2006, 333(7569):626.

18.          Itoh K, Katsumi Y, Hirota S, Kitakoji H: Effects of trigger point acupuncture on chronic low back pain in elderly patients–a sham-controlled randomised trial. Acupunct Med 2006, 24(1):5-12.

19.          Inoue M, Kitakoji H, Ishizaki N, Tawa M, Yano T, Katsumi Y, Kawakita K: Relief of low back pain immediately after acupuncture treatment–a randomised, placebo controlled trial. Acupunct Med 2006, 24(3):103-108.

20.          Brinkhaus B, Witt CM, Jena S, Linde K, Streng A, Wagenpfeil S, Irnich D, Walther HU, Melchart D, Willich SN: Acupuncture in patients with chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Archives of internal medicine 2006, 166(4):450-457.

21.          Brinkhaus B, Witt CM, Jena S, Linde K, Streng A, Irnich D, Hummelsberger J, Hammes M, Pach D, Melchart D et al: Interventions and physician characteristics in a randomized multicenter trial of acupuncture in patients with low-back pain. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, NY 2006, 12(7):649-657.

22.          Tsui ML, Cheing GL: The effectiveness of electroacupuncture versus electrical heat acupuncture in the management of chronic low-back pain. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, NY 2004, 10(5):803-809.

23.          Sator-Katzenschlager SM, Scharbert G, Kozek-Langenecker SA, Szeles JC, Finster G, Schiesser AW, Heinze G, Kress HG: The short- and long-term benefit in chronic low back pain through adjuvant electrical versus manual auricular acupuncture. Anesthesia and analgesia 2004, 98(5):1359-1364, table of contents.

24.          MacPherson H, Thorpe L, Thomas K, Campbell M: Acupuncture for low back pain: traditional diagnosis and treatment of 148 patients in a clinical trial. Complementary therapies in medicine 2004, 12(1):38-44.

25.          Kvorning N, Holmberg C, Grennert L, Aberg A, Akeson J: Acupuncture relieves pelvic and low-back pain in late pregnancy. Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica 2004, 83(3):246-250.

26.          Itoh K, Katsumi Y, Kitakoji H: Trigger point acupuncture treatment of chronic low back pain in elderly patients–a blinded RCT. Acupunct Med 2004, 22(4):170-177.

27.          Guerreiro da Silva JB, Nakamura MU, Cordeiro JA, Kulay L, Jr.: Acupuncture for low back pain in pregnancy–a prospective, quasi-randomised, controlled study. Acupunct Med 2004, 22(2):60-67.

28.          Yeung CK, Leung MC, Chow DH: The use of electro-acupuncture in conjunction with exercise for the treatment of chronic low-back pain. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, NY 2003, 9(4):479-490.

29.          Meng CF, Wang D, Ngeow J, Lao L, Peterson M, Paget S: Acupuncture for chronic low back pain in older patients: a randomized, controlled trial. Rheumatology (Oxford, England) 2003, 42(12):1508-1517.

30.          Kerr DP, Walsh DM, Baxter D: Acupuncture in the management of chronic low back pain: a blinded randomized controlled trial. The Clinical journal of pain 2003, 19(6):364-370.

31.          Haake M, Muller HH, Schade-Brittinger C, Prinz H, Basler HD, Streitberger K, Schafer H, Molsberger A: The German multicenter, randomized, partially blinded, prospective trial of acupuncture for chronic low-back pain: a preliminary report on the rationale and design of the trial. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, NY 2003, 9(5):763-770.

32.          Molsberger AF, Mau J, Pawelec DB, Winkler J: Does acupuncture improve the orthopedic management of chronic low back pain–a randomized, blinded, controlled trial with 3 months follow up. Pain 2002, 99(3):579-587.

33.          Leibing E, Leonhardt U, Koster G, Goerlitz A, Rosenfeldt JA, Hilgers R, Ramadori G: Acupuncture treatment of chronic low-back pain — a randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled trial with 9-month follow-up. Pain 2002, 96(1-2):189-196.

34.          Kalauokalani D, Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ, Koepsell TD, Deyo RA: Lessons from a trial of acupuncture and massage for low back pain: patient expectations and treatment effects. Spine 2001, 26(13):1418-1424.

35.          Cherkin DC, Eisenberg D, Sherman KJ, Barlow W, Kaptchuk TJ, Street J, Deyo RA: Randomized trial comparing traditional Chinese medical acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and self-care education for chronic low back pain. Archives of internal medicine 2001, 161(8):1081-1088.

36.          Carlsson CP, Sjolund BH: Acupuncture for chronic low back pain: a randomized placebo-controlled study with long-term follow-up. The Clinical journal of pain 2001, 17(4):296-305.

37.          Wedenberg K, Moen B, Norling A: A prospective randomized study comparing acupuncture with physiotherapy for low-back and pelvic pain in pregnancy. Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica 2000, 79(5):331-335.

38.          Macdonald AJ, Macrae KD, Master BR, Rubin AP: Superficial acupuncture in the relief of chronic low back pain. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 1983, 65(1):44-46.

39.          Coan RM, Wong G, Ku SL, Chan YC, Wang L, Ozer FT, Coan PL: The acupuncture treatment of low back pain: a randomized controlled study. The American journal of Chinese medicine 1980, 8(1-2):181-189.

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