Acupuncture can alleviate Pain due to Lumber Disk Herniation

Researchers from Jinan University (JNU) evaluated the efficacy of acupuncture when it came to relieving the pain caused by lumbar disk herniation.
They canvassed through the studies that applied the traditional Chinese medicine to patients with this particular lower back injury. They found 30 such randomized controlled trials (RCTs) relevant to their research.
According to the statistical analysis of the RCT results, acupuncture outperformed other means of treatment like lumbar traction, ibuprofen, diclofenac sodium, and meloxicam. Acupuncture displayed a higher total effective rate when it came to decreasing the pain caused by a slipped disk.
The Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) score determines the level of clinical symptoms found in spinal conditions like cervical compressive myelopathy and ruptured disks. Acupuncture achieved a better JOA score than lumbar traction, a drug-free orthopedic method used to readjust the spine and improve the lower back.
The researchers, therefore, concluded that acupuncture is an effective means of treating the symptoms of lumbar disk herniation. They also state that further research with larger RCTs is required to validate their findings.


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