Acupuncture for Back, Hip & Leg Pain

Acupuncture for Back, Hip & Leg Pain.

Back troubles commonly occur because of poor posture, improper lifting, over-exertion and bad habits which develop over a long period of time. Although the pain may be severe, most bouts of back pain that occur suddenly are not due to any serious disease and often a specific cause cannot be found (nonspecific back pain). Other causes of back pain include irritation of spinal nerve roots, disc prolapse, arthritis, inflammation, kidney stones and infections.

Is Acupuncture Effective for Back, Hip & Leg Pain?

Don't just take our word for it. The following clinical trials have scientifically examined the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for back, hip & leg pain.

Only reputable papers recently published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years are listed below.



Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science
Efficacy and safety of acupuncture for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science

This study showed high efficacy in acupuncture treatment to knee osteoarthritis. Patients in the acupuncture group had significant advantages over no-acupuncture groups in relieving pain and improving physical function.

2020, Jun 25 • Wang, Tt., Liu, Y., Ning, Zy. et al. Full Article

Medicine
The effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis
Medicine

This study showcase the safety and high efficacy of acupuncture treatments in knee osteoarthritis. Patients reported to have less adverse reactions compared to western medicine treatments.

2019, Jul • Li, Juan PhDa; Li, Yu-Xi MDb; Luo, Liao-Jun BDb; Ye, Jing BDb; Zhong, Dong-Ling BDa; Xiao, Qi-Wei BDb; Zheng, Hui PhDb; Geng, Chun-Mei MDc; Jin, Rong-Jiang PhDa,∗; Liang, Fan-Rong MDb,∗ Full Article

Acupuncture in Medicine
Acupuncture for Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

This academic study showed effective results of acupuncture treatments with lumbar disc herniation patients. Patients reported to have reduced pain on the lower back, improved blood circulation and decreased intake of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.Acupuncture treatments significantly promote overall recovery for hernia-related pain.

2018, Apr 1 • Tang S, Mo Z, Zhang R. Full Article

Acupuncture in Medicine
Acupuncture for Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

This systematic review article showed that acupuncture has a more favourable effect in the treatment of lumbar disc herniation. In comparison with medical treatments such as ibuprofen or drug managements, patients found to have highly improvement with acupuncture. Acupuncture improved blood circulation, recovery of nerves and oxygen supply to the nerve roots and sciatic nerve.

2018, Apr 1 • Dr Shujie Tang, Zhuomao Mo, Renwen Zhang Full Article

Effectiveness of Acupuncture Therapies to Manage Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Extremities: A Systematic Review

This article showcase the efficacy of acupuncture for carpel tunnel syndrome, piriformis, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis and patellofemoral pain. The systematic reviews on randomised controlled trials research have showed that patients respond significantly better after treatments compared to the control group.

2016, May 31 • Cox, J., Varatharajan, S., Côté, P., & Optima Collaboration Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The Efficacy of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Results showed that acupuncture was more effective than conventional Western medicine in outcomes effectiveness, pain intensity, and pain threshold. Acupuncture may be effective in treating the pain associated with sciatica.

2015, Dec 6 • Ji M, Wang X, Chen M, Shen Y, Zhang X, Yang J. Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Treating Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This systematic review suggest that the use of acupuncture is more effective to relieve leg pain/lumbago. The study showed that it improved global assessment of sciatica when compared with NSAID (ibuprofen, meloxicam, and diclofenac) treatment. Moreover, adjuvant acupuncture may enhance the effect of medications in leg pain/lumbago relief.

2015, Oct 21 • Zongshi Qin, Xiaoxu Liu, Jiani Wu, Yanbing Zhai, Zhishun Liu, Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The Efficacy of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Sciatica is one of the most frequently reported complaints affecting quality of life and reducing social and economic efficiency.From our meta-analysis, it is evident that acupuncture could be efficacious in treating the pain associated with sciatica.

2015, Sep • Ji M, Wang X, Chen M, Shen Y, Zhang X, Yang J. Full Article

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies
Acupuncture for ankle sprain: systematic review and meta-analysis
BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

This study showed that acupuncture was more effective than control group in relieving pain. Patients also reported to return to normal activity, less allergic response to medication and improvement in quality of life,

2013, Mar 4 • Park, J., Hahn, S., Park, JY. et al Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Acupuncture treatment for plantar fasciitis: a randomized controlled trial with six months follow-up
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The results indicate that acupuncture can provide pain relief to patient with plantar fasciitis, and that PC 7 is a relatively specific acupoint for heel pain.

2011, Jan 15 • Shi Ping Zhang , Tsui-Pik Yip, Qiu-Shi Li Full Article


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Acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency. Acupuncture : review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials
World Health Organization, Geneva 2002