Arthritis Research Studies
Osteoarthritis of the Knee – 40% Reduction in Pain Using Acupuncture
In a dramatic research study involving 570 patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee patients reported relief from moderate to severe pain despite treatment with pain medicine. Researchers randomly assigned patients to get acupuncture, sham acupuncture, or education in addition to their pain pills. Those who got the acupuncture indicated a 40 percent reduction in pain and a nearly 40 percent improvement in function by the 14th week, which lasted through week 26.
Arthritis Relief with Acupuncture – National Arthritis Foundation Endorses Acupuncture
“For patients who have chronic pain and aren’t getting comprehensive relief, acupuncture should be a consideration.” Dr. John Kippel, medical director of the National Arthritis Foundation. Dr Kippel goes on to say, “patients receiving acupuncture had less back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic headache, respectively.”
Researchers reported findings of a meta-analysis in the Archives of Internal Medicine, JAMA in October of 2012. The meta-analysis covered data from randomized controlled studies involving nearly 18,000 patients. In the largest acupuncture study financed by the NIH it was found that “acupuncture outperformed sham treatments and standard care when used by people suffering from osteoarthritis, migraines and chronic back, neck and shoulder pain”