07. November 2018 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture

Acupuncture is significantly more effective than physical exercise or medication for improving physical function in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), report the authors of a study from Japan. One hundred and nine patients with L5 root radiculopathy associated with LSS were assigned to one of three treatments – medication (paracetamol), exercise or acupuncture – for a four week period. Acupuncture points used were Shenshu BL-23, Dachangshu BL-25, Baohuang BL-53, Zhibian BL-54, Weizhong BL-40, Yanglingquan GB-34 and Shengshan BL-57. All three groups were allowed to use additional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs when needed for pain control. Symptom severity scores improved significantly after treatment in all three groups, however physical function scores improved significantly only in the acupuncture group. Treatment satisfaction was reported as significantly greater for acupuncture than for medication.

A comparative study of three conservative treatments in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis: lumbar spinal stenosis with acupuncture and physical therapy study (LAP study). BMC Complement Altern Med. 2018 Jan 19;18(1):19.

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