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Author (up) Wedenberg, K.; Moen, B.; Norling, A. url  openurl
  Title A prospective randomized study comparing acupuncture with physiotherapy for low-back and pelvic pain in pregnancy Type of Study RCT
  Year 2000 Publication Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica Abbreviated Journal Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand  
  Volume 79 Issue 5 Pages 331-335  
  Keywords Acu Versus Usual Care; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Auricular Acupuncture; Low Back Pain; Pain; Pelvic Pain; Physical Therapy; RCT; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Semi-Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Usual Care Control, Physical; Traditional Diagnosis Based Point Selection; Women's Health; Pregnancy Complications  
  Abstract BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to describe the effects of acupuncture in the treatment of low-back and pelvic pain during pregnancy and compare it with physiotherapy. METHODS: Sixty pregnant women were allotted to acupuncture or physiotherapy. The women estimated the severity of their pain using a visual analog scale (VAS) from 0 to 10 and disability in performing twelve common daily activities using a disability-rating index (DRI) from 0 to 10. RESULTS: In the acupuncture group all 30 women completed the study (two exclusions), in the physiotherapy group only 18. Before treatment the two study groups were rather similar with respect to pain and disability. After treatment the mean morning VAS had declined from 3.4 to 0.9 (p<0.01) in the acupuncture group and from 3.7 to 2.3 (NS) in the physiotherapy group. The corresponding evening values had declined from 7.4 to 1.7 (p<0.01) and 6.6 to 4.5 (p<0.01), respectively. The mean VAS values were lower after acupuncture than after physiotherapy both in the morning (p=0.02) and in the evening (p<0.01). After treatment also the mean DRI values had decreased significantly in the acupuncture group for 11 of 12 activities and the values were significantly lower for all activities than in the physiotherapy group where no significant changes had taken place. Overall satisfaction was good in both groups. There were no serious adverse events in any of the patients. CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture relieved pain and diminished disability in low-back pain during pregnancy better than physiotherapy  
  Address Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vrinnevi Hospital, Norrkoping, Sweden  
  Language Number of Treatments 10  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 60  
  Time in Treatment 4 Weeks Condition Pelvic Pain
  Disease Category Pregnancy Complications OCSI Score 56  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 1279  
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