Treatment of low back pain by acupressure and physical therapy

Randomised controlled trial

Lisa Li Chen Hsieh, Chung Hung Kuo, Liang Huei Lee, Amy Ming Fang Yen, Kuo Liong Chien, Tony Hsiu Hsi Chen

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Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of acupressure for treating low back pain in terms of disability, pain scores, and functional status. Design Randomised controlled trial. Setting Orthopaedic clinic in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Participants 129 patients with chronic low back pain. Intervention Acupressure or physical therapy for one month. Main outcome measures Self administered Chinese versions of standard outcome measures for low back pain (primary outcome: Roland and Morris disability questionnaire) at baseline, after treatment, and at six month follow-up. Results The mean total Roland and Morris disability questionnaire score after treatment was significantly lower in the acupressure group than in the physical therapy group regardless of the difference in absolute score ( - 3.8, 95% confidence interval - 5.7 to - 1.9) or mean change from the baseline ( - 4.64, - 6.39 to - 2.89). Acupressure conferred an 89% (95% confidence interval 61% to 97%) reduction in significant disability compared with physical therapy. The improvement in disability score in the acupressure group compared with the physical group remained at six month follow-up. Statistically significant differences also occurred between the two groups for all six domains of the core outcome, pain visual scale, and modified Oswestry disability questionnaire after treatment and at six month follow-up. Conclusions Acupressure was effective in reducing low back pain in terms of disability, pain scores, and functional status. The benefit was sustained for six months.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-698
Number of pages3
JournalBMJ (Clinical research ed.)
Volume332
Issue number7543
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 25 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Acupressure
Low Back Pain
Randomized Controlled Trials
Pain
Therapeutics
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Confidence Intervals
Group Psychotherapy
Taiwan
Orthopedics

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Treatment of low back pain by acupressure and physical therapy : Randomised controlled trial. / Hsieh, Lisa Li Chen; Kuo, Chung Hung; Lee, Liang Huei; Yen, Amy Ming Fang; Chien, Kuo Liong; Chen, Tony Hsiu Hsi.

In: BMJ (Clinical research ed.), Vol. 332, No. 7543, 25.03.2006, p. 696-698.

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Hsieh, Lisa Li Chen ; Kuo, Chung Hung ; Lee, Liang Huei ; Yen, Amy Ming Fang ; Chien, Kuo Liong ; Chen, Tony Hsiu Hsi. / Treatment of low back pain by acupressure and physical therapy : Randomised controlled trial. In: BMJ (Clinical research ed.). 2006 ; Vol. 332, No. 7543. pp. 696-698.
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