[Acupuncture for treating lumbago]

Department of Science and Technology - Brazilian Health Technology Assessment General Coordination
Record ID 32006001451
Authors' objectives:

To evaluate the effects of acupuncture in the treatment of non-specific low back pain and of needle therapy to treat trigger points for myofascial pain syndrome in the lumbar region.

Authors' recommendations: The data do not enable firm conclusions about the effectiveness of acupuncture for low back pain. For chronic low back pain, acupuncture is more effective for pain relief and functional improvement than no treatment or placebo treatment immediately after the treatment and over short term periods only. Acupuncture is more effective than other conventional and “alternative” treatments. The data suggest that acupuncture and needle therapy in trigger points may be helpful aids to other therapies in the treatment of chronic low back pain. Because most of the studies are of low methodological quality, there is certainly a need for high quality clinical trials in this area.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2005
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Brazil
MeSH Terms
  • Acupuncture Therapy
  • Low Back Pain
Organisation Name: Coordenação-Geral de Fomento à Pesquisa e Avaliação de Tecnologias em Saúde, Departamento de Ciência e Tecnologia
Contact Address: Ministerio da Saude, Secretaria de Ciencia, Tecnologia e Insumos Estrategicos, Departamento de Ciencia e Tecnologia, Esplanada dos Ministerios, Edificio sede; bl "G" - 8 andar - SL 834, CEP: 70058-900, Brasilia, DF Brazil, Tel: +55 61 3315 3197 Fax: +55 61 3315 3850
Contact Name: suzanne.jacob@saude.gov.br
Contact Email: suzanne.jacob@saude.gov.br
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