Consider acupuncture for chronic pain

Stimulated by NG193.[1] Photo by Arno Smit on Unsplash. NICE – National Institute for Health & Care ExcellencecLBP – chronic low back painMSK – musculoskeletalGERAC – German acupuncture trials (large 3 arm trials with ~1000 patients in each)MCID – minimum clinical important differenceLA – local anaestheticCRPS – complex regional pain syndromeRFD – radiofrequency denervation.key to … Continue reading Consider acupuncture for chronic pain

EA for sleep

Stimulated by Li et al 2020,[1] and Yu et al 2020.[2] Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com EA – electroacupuncturePSQI – Pittsburgh Sleep Quality IndexPMI – perimenopausal insomniaMA – manual acupunctureCBT-I – cognitive behaviour therapy for insomniaMSKCC – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CentreISI – Insomnia Severity Indexkey to acronyms I am starting the year with a … Continue reading EA for sleep

Acupuncture in the ED 2020

Stimulated by an email from a colleague in Australia re Jan et al 2020;[1] plus Cohen et al 2017.[2] Photo by NCI on Unsplash. ED –Emergency DepartmentBFA – BattleField AcupunctureIF – Impact Factorkey to acronyms This week I am focussing on the possible role for acupuncture as a non-pharmacological adjunct or alternative analgesic intervention for … Continue reading Acupuncture in the ED 2020

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

Perineural EDN

Inspired by Dunning et al 2020.[1] Photo by Wallace Chuck on Pexels.com EDN – electrical dry needlingEA – electroacupunctureIHS – International Headache SocietyICHD-3 – International Classification of Headache Disorders 3rd editionLBP – low back painkey to acronyms I chose this paper because the title includes this rather novel sounding needling intervention – perineural electrical dry … Continue reading Perineural EDN

EA for cLBP

Inspired by Kong J-T et al 2020.[1] Photo by Sam Burriss on Unsplash.Non-white race was associated with a greater degree of pain reduction following EA for cLBP. EA – electroacupuncturecLBP – chronic low back painPROMIS – patient reported outcome measurement information systemNIH – National Institute of Health (US)RMDQ – Roland Morris disability questionnaireQST – quantitative … Continue reading EA for cLBP

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

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

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

Acupuncture for antenatal depression

Stimulated by Ormsby et al 2020.[1] Photo by NEOSiAM 2020 on Pexels.com This is a pragmatic 3-arm comparative trial. It has feasibility in the title, so it may be that the authors are planning a much bigger version. I’ll ask! (No reply as yet...) Pregnant women of 24 weeks gestation who scored 13 or more … Continue reading Acupuncture for antenatal depression