• Acupuncture for Back Pain

    Acupuncture for Back Pain

    “Chronic back pain – a stepwise approach to management”

    This is the tittle of an article published in IrishHealthPro.com – a health professionals’ website designed and developed by MedMedia Group. This company was established in 1991 and produces around a dozen specialist medical and nursing journals. Irishhealthpro.com brings together the very best of MedMedia Group editorial content, with clinical articles, continuing education for general practice and hospital doctors as well as editorials, features, international journal reviews and patient resources. The development of Irishhealthpro.com has been assisted by their Medical Advisory Panel, which comprises over 60 experts from all fields of Irish medicine.

    (information taken from IrishHealthPro.com)


    “Chronic back pain – a stepwise approach to management” was written by Dr Philip Hu, Consultant Anaesthetist, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin and Dr Ateeq Ghafoor, Dr, Department of Pain Medicine, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin on November 4, 2016. This article states:

    “Chronic back pain can be challenging to treat, as often it has a significant psychological component”

    And it advises that:

    “Moderately effective non-pharmacological therapies include acupuncture”.

    For this particular article, the authors referenced the meta-analysis publish in the Annals of Internal Medicine on April, 19th 2005: “Meta-Analysis: Acupuncture for Low Back Pain”. You can download and read the full document here. This meta-analisys was conducted by Eric Manheimer, MS; Adrian White, MD, BM, BCh; Brian Berman, MD; Kelly Forys, MA; and Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD – and it concluded that:

    “Acupuncture effectively relieves chronic low back pain”.

    Manheimer E. et al. pointed out that:

    “Current data show that acupuncture is more effective than sham acupuncture and no additional treatment for providing short-term relief of chronic low back pain. This short-term relief seems to be sustained over the longer term”.

    It is great for our profession to see other Irish health professionals in the biomedicine field talking about the benefits of acupuncture – especially when they back it up using the research published. The main focus should always remain on patient information and providing the best care available.

    Remember: always make sure that you get acupuncture from a registered professional! For more information about acupuncture or treatment for any specific condition, please feel free to get in touch.

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