Intensive EA/MA in OAK

Inspired by Tu et al 2020.[1] Photo by Anna Auza on Unsplash. EA – electroacupunctureMA – manual acupunctureOA – osteoarthritisOAK – OA kneeRR – responder rateNRS – numerical rating scaleWOMAC – Western Ontario and McMaster Universities osteoarthritis indexMCII – minimum clinically important improvementGERAC – German acupuncture (trial)ARC – acupuncture in routine care (trial)key to acronyms … Continue reading Intensive EA/MA in OAK

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

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

Frequency of Rx in OAK

Stimulated by Lin et al 2020.[1] Image from HVAC photoshoot 2012.[2] This paper caught my eye for two reasons. First because the title implied the results might be useful for clinical practice, and second because it was an acupuncture trial published in the journal Pain, a journal that does not publish acupuncture trials very often. … Continue reading Frequency of Rx in OAK

Strong EA & CPM in OAK

Stimulated by Lv et al 2019.[1] My eldest two cherubs demonstrating examination of the knee ;-)One is now an actor - guess which one! The paper that I am highlighting in this piece has two relatively novel features. First, and most interesting is the testing of two different doses of active EA (electroacupuncture) in a … Continue reading Strong EA & CPM in OAK

Why not needles for OA – no steroid, just the needles!

This blog was first published on 30th May 2017 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ This piece has been stimulated by a recent publication in JAMA evaluating the use of regular intra-articular corticosteroid injections for symptom management and cartilage volume in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.[1] Previous research had suggested that the inflammatory process in the knee was associated with … Continue reading Why not needles for OA – no steroid, just the needles!

TENS and acupuncture appear cost-effective in knee osteoarthritis

This blog was first published on 9th March 2017 on https://blogs.bmj.com/aim/ Figure 3 from Woods B et al PLoS One 2017[1] This figure may seem familiar to some who follow big data in the acupuncture field. It comes from another big project at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York.[1] It is effectively a repeat of their … Continue reading TENS and acupuncture appear cost-effective in knee osteoarthritis