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Acupuncture reduces low back pain and knee pain in the elderly

Objectives: We aim to show the effect of acupuncture on back-pain and knee-pain treatment of elderly people.
Methods: The study includes 34 patients, 24 female and 8 male. The mean age was 69.04±8.95 years for females and 73.12±8.95 years for males. Every two days for a total of 10 sessions acupuncture treatment to Yintang, Ht 7 (Shenmen), LI 4 (Hegu), Ki 3 (Taixi) and Ki 6 were found to significantly reduce pain scores of patients.

Results: Mean back pain scores (8.9±1.5) and mean knee pain scores (9.1±1.4) of patients were reduced significantly to 2.2±1.5 and 1.5±0.7; p<0.001 respectively after the acupuncture treatment.
Conclusion: These are important results as they give rationale to use acupuncture treatment widely in chronic low back pain and knee pain in the geriatric group of patients to reduce the side effects of polypharmacy in elderly.

Source: Çevik C, et al. Effective chronic low back pain and knee pain treatment with acupuncture in geriatric patients. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 2015;28:517-520.

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