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Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Nov;98(48):e17974. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000017974.

Assessment of the efficacy of acupuncture and chiropractic on treating Cervical spondylosis radiculopathy: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Zuo G1,2, Gao TC1,2, Xue BH1,2, Gu CC1,2, Yan YT1,2, Zhang YW1,2, Liu RJ3, Du SQ2.

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1
Hebei University of Chinese Medicine.
2
Hebei Province Hospital of Chinese Medicine Shijiazhuang City, Hebei.
3
The First Department of Neurology, Dongzhimen Hospital, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijng, China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Cervical spondylosis radiculopathy (CSR) is often described as neck pain accompanied with radiating pain and neurologic symptoms, such as numbness, muscle weakness, and diminished reflexes, in 1 or both upper extremities. As people's lifestyle changes and the population ages, the incidence of CSR continues to increase. Many clinical trials have proven that acupuncture and chiropractic has a significant effect in the treatment of CSR. In this systematic review, we aim to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture and chiropractic for CSR.

METHODS:

We will search PubMed, Cochrane Library, AMED, EMbase, WorldSciNet; Nature, Science online and China Journal Full-text Database, China Biomedical Literature CD-ROM Database, and related randomized controlled trials included in the ChinaResources Database. The time is limited from the construction of the library to February, 2019. We will use the criteria provided by Cochrane 5.1.0 for quality assessment and risk assessment of the included studies, and use the Revman 5.3 and Stata13.0 software for meta-analysis of the effectiveness, recurrence rate, and symptom scores of CSR.

TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER:

CRD42019119941.

PMID:
31770206
DOI:
10.1097/MD.0000000000017974
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