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Table 1.1Low Back Pain - Acupuncture – Acute/Sub-acute - Specific Pain

Study ID Year CountryTotal sample sizePopulation (Gender, Age)EligibilityRandomized Groups (no. of patients)Frequency and Treatment durationOutcomes and post-treatment follow-upQuality score
Huang, SR (2006)1

98% male: 49.8%

Mean age: 44.5 yrs
L4/5 Disc herniation or with other disc herniation; Age<65yrs; Duration of pain≤2w; Non-use of glucocorticoid and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the study period
  1. local single-point electro-acupuncture, treatment provider NR n = 53
  2. routine electro-acupuncture, n = 45
2 treatments/Week

4 weeks
  1. Disability: Oswestry disability index
  2. ADVERSE EVENTS: no harms reported

Data measured at 4 weeks
Lai, Y (2004)2

76% male: NR

Mean age: NR
Diagnostic using Chinese New Medicine Clinical Trial Reference 1993 ref[2]
  1. acupuncture Xi-cleft and normal points, treatment provider NR n = 41
  2. acupuncture normal points, n = 35
1 treatment/day

20 treatments
  1. Pain: VAS
  2. Quality of Life: Well being, Chinese Standard
  3. ADVERSE EVENTS: no harms reported

Data measures at 20 days
Wen-Jun, L (2000)3

238% male: 84.5%

Mean age: NR
Patients with acute lumbar sprain
  1. acupuncture-treatment, treatment provider NR n = 112
  2. acupuncture-control, n = 126
5 treatments

Response rate
  1. ADVERSE EVENTS: no harms reported

From: Appendix I, Summary Tables

Cover of Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Back Pain II
Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Back Pain II.
Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, No. 194.
Furlan AD, Yazdi F, Tsertsvadze A, et al.

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