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Acupuncture works for pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 31 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:0-c

Adding acupuncture to standard treatment may be the treatment of choice for some typesof pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women. In a randomised single blind controlled trial including 386 Swedish pregnant women, Elden and colleagues (p 761) allocated patients to standard treatment, standard treatment plus acupuncture, or standard treatment plus stabilising exercises. After six weeks, both acupuncture and stabilising exercises proved tobe efficient complements to standard treatment, but in this trial acupuncture was superior to the exercises, particularly in one sided sacroiliac pain, one sided sacroiliac paincombined with symphysis pubis pain, and double sided sacroiliac pain.

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