Acupuncture for Chronic Knee Pain A Randomized Clinical Trial
Rana S Hinman, Paul McCrory, Marie Pirotta, Ian Relf, Andrew Forbes, Kay M Crossley, Elizabeth Williamson, Mary Kyriakides, Kitty Novy, Ben R Metcalf, Anthony Harris, Prasuna Reddy, Philip G Conaghan, Kim L Bennell
JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION | AMER MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2014
IMPORTANCE: There is debate about benefits of acupuncture for knee pain. OBJECTIVE: To determine the efficacy of laser and needle acupuncture for chronic knee pain. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Zelen-design clinical trial (randomization occurred before informed consent), in Victoria, Australia (February 2010-December 2012). Community volunteers (282 patients aged ≥50 years with chronic knee pain) were treated by family physician acupuncturists. INTERVENTIONS: No acupuncture (control group, n = 71) and needle (n = 70), laser (n = 71), and sham laser (n = 70) acupuncture. Treatments were delivered for 12 weeks. Participants and acupuncturists were blinded to laser and sham laser acupunct..View full abstract
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This trial was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (project 566783). Drs Hinman and Bennell are both funded in part by Australian Research Council Future Fellowships (FT130100175 and FT0991413, respectively). Dr McCrory is funded in part by a National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellowship (1026383). Dr Pirotta is funded in part by a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship (1050830). Dr Williamson was funded in part by a National Health and Medical Research Council grant (1004233).