Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis of the knee – Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast

Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis of the knee

Posted: 12 Jan, 2012

Koten Acupuncture Gold Coast – Acupuncture

Growing old is something we have no control over, but we can have control over the pain associated with ageing. For years people suffering with osteoarthritis have been sent from one specialist to the next in hope they can find a therapy that can relieve their pain and improve their lives. As the following study indicates, Acupuncture is proving to be an effective adjunct for those that suffer from the debilitating effects of Osteoarthritis.

Effectiveness of Acupuncture as Adjunctive Therapy in Osteoarthritis of the Knee, A Randomized, Controlled Trial



Background: Evidence on the efficacy of acupuncture for reducing the pain and dysfunction of osteoarthritis is equivocal.

Objective: To determine whether acupuncture provides greater pain relief and improved function compared with sham acupuncture or education in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Design: Randomized, controlled trial.

Setting: Two outpatient clinics (an integrative medicine facility and a rheumatology facility) located in academic teaching hospitals and 1 clinical trials facility.

Patients: 570 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee (mean age [±SD], 65.5 ± 8.4 years).

Intervention: 23 true acupuncture sessions over 26 weeks. Controls received 6 two-hour sessions over 12 weeks or 23 sham acupuncture sessions over 26 weeks.

Measurements: Primary outcomes were changes in the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) pain and function scores at 8 and 26 weeks. Secondary outcomes were patient global assessment, 6-minute walk distance, and physical health scores of the 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36).

Results: Indicated that participants in the true acupuncture group experienced greater improvement in WOMAC function scores than the sham acupuncture group at 8 weeks, but not in WOMAC pain score or the patient global assessment. At 26 weeks the results were different, the true acupuncture group experienced significantly greater improvement than the sham group in the WOMAC function score, WOMAC pain score and patient global assessment.

Conclusions: Acupuncture seems to provide improvement in function and pain relief as an adjunctive therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee when compared with credible sham acupuncture and education control groups.


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