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The purpose of this study was to investigate the difference in acupuncture treatment regimens for low back pain among textbooks, clinical studies and clinical practice, and explore reasons for such differences. For non-specific lower back pain, treatment regimens of acupuncture differ by the types of reference sources, in terms of treatment frequency, the points chosen, number of points needled per session, duration and sessions, and co-interventions.
-- Complement Ther Med. 2008 Oct;16(5):295-304. Treatment regimens of acupuncture for low back pain--a systematic review.Yuan J, Kerr D, Park J, Liu XH, McDonough S.

This study explored the evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for nonspecific low back pain. There is moderate evidence that acupuncture is more effective than no treatment, and strong evidence of no significant difference between acupuncture and sham acupuncture, for short-term pain relief. There is strong evidence that acupuncture can be a useful supplement to other forms of conventional therapy for nonspecific lower back pain, but the effectiveness of acupuncture compared with other forms of conventional therapies still requires further investigation.
-- Spine. 2008 Nov 1;33(23):E887-900. Effectiveness of acupuncture for low back pain: a systematic review.Yuan J, Purepong N, Kerr DP, Park J, Bradbury I, McDonough S.

A study involving the effects of acupuncture and dry-needling for the treatment of nonspecific low back pain. The data do not allow firm conclusions regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture for acute low back pain. For chronic low back pain, acupuncture is more effective for pain relief and functional improvement than no treatment or sham treatment immediately after treatment and in the short-term only. Acupuncture is not more effective than other conventional and alternative treatments. The data suggest that acupuncture and dry-needling may be useful adjuncts to other therapies for chronic low back pain. Because most of the studies were of lower methodologic quality, there is a clear need for higher quality trials in this area.
-- Spine. 2005 Apr 15;30(8):944-63. Links Acupuncture and dry-needling for low back pain: an updated systematic review within the framework of the cochrane collaboration.Furlan AD, van Tulder M, Cherkin D, Tsukayama H, Lao L, Koes B, Berman B.

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