Reducing TKR surgery

Inspired by Gang et al 2020.[1] Photo by Ketut Subiyanto on Pexels.com OA – osteoarthritisNHIS – National Health Insurance Service (Korea)CCI – Charlson comorbidity indexHR – hazard ratioTKR – total knee replacementkey to acronyms This week we have another big retrospective observational study. This makes number 14 on my list of similar papers published over the … Continue reading Reducing TKR surgery

Abdominal TrPs

Inspired by Mitidieri et al 2020,[1] Niraj et al 2020,[2], Niraj et al 2020,[3] Sangondimath et al 2020,[4] Hasuo et al 2020,[5] Jin et al 2020.[6] Photo by Dani Alejandro on Pexels.com TrP – myofascial trigger pointRCT – randomised controlled trialTPI – trigger point injectionAPB – abdominal plane blockMPS – myofascial pain syndromeSR – systematic … Continue reading Abdominal TrPs

Knee pain and TrPs

Inspired by Sánchez Romero et al 2020,[1] and Ma et al 2020.[2] Photo by Alora Griffiths on Unsplash – modified by MC in Adobe Spark Post. MTrP – myofascial trigger pointTrP – myofascial trigger point (most of us do not bother with the M, but it is implicit)OA – osteoarthritisPFPS – patellofemoral pain syndromeVMO – vastus medialis obliqueVL … Continue reading Knee pain and TrPs

Shoulder EA 2020

Inspired by Guan et al 2020,[1] and Dunning et al 2020.[2] MC's favourite EA protocol for chronic shoulder pain (left), best position for the elbows to avoid RC impingement when doing press-ups or holding this mid-press position (lower right)... EA – electroacupuncture; a technique where electrical pulses are passed between pairs of filiform acupuncture needles … Continue reading Shoulder EA 2020

A 76-week trial

Inspired by Soares-Jr et al 2020.[1] Photo by Dellon Thomas on Pexels.com FSH – follicle stimulating hormoneKMI – Kupperman-Blatt Menopausal IndexVMS – vasomotor symptomskey to acronyms This trial (n=123) stood out for me when I watched the video abstract and saw the graph of results. It would have been easy to pass over the paper … Continue reading A 76-week trial

Plantar heel pain

Inspired by Al-Boloushi et al 2020,[1] and Ho et al 2020.[2] Photo by Min An on Pexels.com These two papers came out towards the end of August and have been waiting to be aired. They both involve needling with filiform acupuncture needles, and they both have ‘plantar heel pain’ in their titles, so they naturally … Continue reading Plantar heel pain

ST36 vs ST25 EA in sepsis

Inspired by Liu et al 2020.[1] Photo by Markus Spiske on Pexels.com ST36 – an acupuncture point location in upper tibialis anterior (L4/L5 myotome)ST25 – an acupuncture point location in rectus abdominis (T10 myotome)EA – ElectroacupunctureLPS – lipopolysaccharide (basically this is chopped up E coli cell walls)LD – lethal doseLD80 – dose at which 80% … Continue reading ST36 vs ST25 EA in sepsis

CVD risk reduction from treatment of hot flushes

Inspired by Palma et al 2020.[1] CVD – cardiovascular disease Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Those readers who attended the BMAS Autumn meeting in 2019 may remember some of the details from the paper I am highlighting this week. Professor Angelo Cagnacci gave us a great presentation on his recently published research, and then finished … Continue reading CVD risk reduction from treatment of hot flushes

Epigenetics PD and medical costs

Inspired by Hong et al 2022,[1] Deuel et al 2020,[2] and Tsai et al 2020.[3] PD – Parkinson's Disease Photo by Bess Hamiti on Pexels.com Before I launch into this blog, I want to clarify that the three subjects in the title are almost completely unrelated, apart from the fact that acupuncture figures in all … Continue reading Epigenetics PD and medical costs