Kidney laceration after acupuncture 2023

Stimulated by Cheng et al 2023.[1] Figure 1 from Cheng et al 2023.[1] ES – erector spinae key to acronym The risk of needling the kidney must have come up on every acupuncture course I have ever taught over the last 27 years. My comment is usually that acupuncture needles are unlikely to do much … Continue reading Kidney laceration after acupuncture 2023

Fat embolism after acupuncture

Stimulated by Xu et al 2023.[1] Lung tissue stained for fat with Sudan III demonstrating severe pulmonary fat embolism.[1] SvN – silver needleSSN – stainless steel needleLBP – low back painPID – prolapsed intervertebral discFFA – free fatty acidCRP – C-reactive protein key to acronyms This paper popped up on PubMed last night, whilst I … Continue reading Fat embolism after acupuncture

Acupuncture for LBPGP 2022

Inspired by Yang et al 2022.[1] Photo by Pavel Danilyuk on Pexels.com LBPGP – low back or pelvic girdle pain during pregnancyNICE – National Institute for Health and Care ExcellenceRCTs – randomised controlled trialsQoL – quality of lifeLBP – low back painPGP – pelvic girdle pain key to acronyms I did see this review paper … Continue reading Acupuncture for LBPGP 2022

Muscle vs fascia in LBP

Inspired by Cozacov et al 2022 and others.[1–3] Photo by Juan Pablo Serrano Arenas on Pexels.com LBP – low back painQL – quadratus lumborumHC – healthy controlUS – ultrasoundNRS – numerical rating scaleLTR – local twitch responseFM – fibromyalgiaOA – osteoarthritisDOMS – delayed onset muscle soreness key to acronyms This is a small but interesting … Continue reading Muscle vs fascia in LBP

Sham acupuncture in chronic pain

Inspired by Zhou et al 2022.[1] Photo by Sven Mieke on Unsplash. MA – meta-analysisNMA – network meta-analysisIPDM – individual patient data meta-analysisRA – real acupunctureSA – sham acupunctureNPSA – non-penetrative SAPSA – penetrative SANA – no acupunctureRCT – randomised controlled trialHRQoL – health-related quality of lifeANCOVA – analysis of covarianceES – effect sizeEA – … Continue reading Sham acupuncture in chronic pain

Chronic primary MSK pain 2022

Inspired by a perspective and commentaries in Pain Reports.[1–3] Photo by Mateo Krössler on Unsplash. View of Heidelberg... MSK – musculoskeletalMPS – myofascial pain syndromeWA – Western Australia key to acronyms A couple of these papers popped up on my searches on Friday 19th August, and since transport disruption had led to a cancelled clinic, … Continue reading Chronic primary MSK pain 2022

Where to start in LBP

Stimulated by Harwood et al 2022.[1] Photo by Adam Jones on Unsplash. Photo by Olenka Kotyk on Unsplash. LBP – low back painUS – United States of AmericaHCCI – Heath Care Cost InstituteED – emergency departmentEM – emergency medicinekey to acronyms This is very large retrospective observational cohort from the US examining opioid use, other … Continue reading Where to start in LBP

Burkholderia pseudomallei

Inspired by Xiao et al 2022.[1] Cerevisae, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.  DM – diabetes mellitusT6SS – type VI secretion systemT3SS – type III secretion systemCT – computed tomographyTB – tuberculosisMRI – magnetic resonance imagingIV – intravenouskey to acronyms Also known as Pseudomonas pseudomallei, sure enough this Gram-negative, bipolar, aerobic, motile, rod bacterium appears … Continue reading Burkholderia pseudomallei

PID regression 2021

Inspired by Hu et al 2021.[1] Photo by Neonbrand on Unsplash. PID – prolapsed intervertebral discIMHO – in my humble opinionMRI – magnetic resonance imagingkey to acronyms Over the years I have seen many patients with back pain, including those with the source of pain in the back that presents as pain somewhere in the … Continue reading PID regression 2021