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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Sep;201(3):271.e1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2009.04.028. Epub 2009 Jun 26.

Auricular acupuncture as a treatment for pregnant women who have low back and posterior pelvic pain: a pilot study.

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Department of Anesthesiology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520-8051, USA. shu-ming.wang@yale.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The primary aim of this study was to examine whether 1 week of continuous auricular acupuncture could reduce low back and posterior pelvic pain associated with pregnancy.

STUDY DESIGN:

A randomized controlled trial was conducted on pregnant women who have lower back and posterior pelvic pain. These women were randomly assigned into an acupuncture group, a sham acupuncture group, or a waiting list control group. All participants were monitored for 2 weeks.

RESULTS:

Baseline and day 7 showed significant group differences in pain (F = 15; P < .0001) and in the disability rating index score (F = 7; P < .0001). The participants in the acupuncture group reported a significant reduction of pain and improvement of functional status as compared with those in the sham acupuncture and control groups.

CONCLUSION:

One week of continuous auricular acupuncture decreases the pain and disability experienced by women with pregnancy-related low back and posterior pelvic pain.

PMID:
19560110
PMCID:
PMC2768290
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajog.2009.04.028
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