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Acupuncture does not improve chronic knee pain, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5899 (Published 01 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5899
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Acupuncture with a laser or needle is no better than sham acupuncture at treating chronic knee pain in people over 50, an Australian study has found.

Acupuncture is the most popular alternative therapy sought by people with chronic pain, said researchers from the University of Melbourne. Some evidence has shown that laser acupuncture, in which low intensity laser therapy is delivered to acupuncture points, is beneficial for some pain conditions. However, despite evidence from a meta-analysis that needle acupuncture could help osteoarthritis pain, the researchers noted that the effect sizes were small when compared with sham needles and …

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