Effect of electroacupuncture on the third lumbar transverse process syndrome: a randomized controlled trial

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Title

Effect of electroacupuncture on the third lumbar transverse process syndrome: a randomized controlled trial

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Journal Publication

Date

2010

volume

22(4)

pages

249-

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To compare outcomes for electroacupuncture (EA) vs classical acupuncture. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The pressure point pain test, which was conducted by the examiner in an objective manner on each individual, was used to obtain the outcome measurement. This objective method is possibly equivalent to the blinding of assessors. RESULTS: A Ridit analysis was used for this study. At the p<0.001 level, an overall improvement occurred in 81% of people in the EA groups vs an overall improvement of 42% of the control (classical acupuncture) group. CONCLUSIONS: The new EA method described in this study is more appropriate relative to other methods as a form of effective treatment for TLTP (third lumbar transverse process) syndrome. Because a follow-up study could be completed, prognosis for patients in this study with chronic TLTP syndrome was largely unknown.

Frequency of Treatment

>1/WK

Time in Treatment

6 Weeks

has health condition studied

Back Pain

has study population number

80

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