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Br J Rheumatol. 1998 Oct;37(10):1118-22.

Chronic neck pain: a comparison of acupuncture treatment and physiotherapy.

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Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust and University of Reading.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture, as compared with physiotherapy, in the management of chronic neck pain.

DESIGN:

Seventy adult patients with non-inflammatory neck pain of >6 weeks duration and with no abnormal neurology were randomly assigned to receive either of the treatments. Thirty-five patients were included in each group.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

Pain by visual analogue scale and neck pain questionnaire, improvement in range of movement of neck relative to baseline, and well-being (general health questionnaire). Measurements were recorded at the start of treatment, at 6 weeks and at 6 months.

RESULTS:

Both treatment groups improved in all criteria. Acupuncture was slightly more effective in patients who had higher baseline pain scores.

CONCLUSIONS:

Both acupuncture and physiotherapy are effective forms of treatment. Since an untreated control group was not part of the study design, the magnitude of this improvement cannot be quantified.

PMID:
9825752
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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