Health CMi wrote that Acupuncture is a an effective medical intervention for patients suffering from lower back pain, according to researchers from Harvard Medical School (Boston), Georgetown University (Washington, DC), University of Arizona College of Medicine (Phoenix), and other medical institutions. The findings are based on an evidence-based systematic meta-analysis of numerous clinical trials. The research team adds that their determination is consistent with CDC Guidelines and the American College of Physicians (ACP), which conclude that acupuncture is a “first-line” medical procedure for the treatment of low back pain.
The meta-analysis reviewed important studies, including a 2020 clinical trial of over 550 patients with chronic lower back pain. The total patient sample size was over 26,270 patients. The researchers concluded that true acupuncture produces superior patient outcomes for patients with chronic lower back pain compared with usual care, sham acupuncture, and no treatment.
However, Health CMi pointed out that “there are many variations in acupuncture techniques dependent upon individual diagnostics. Their findings suggest that there are no standards for acupuncture for the treatment of low back pain. ” “The reality is that there are many standards for the application of acupuncture, dependent upon the etiology of the lower back pain.”
The fact that acupuncture is even being written about as a treatment for low back pain is a start in the right direction.