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Author (up) Tang, H.; Fan, H.; Chen, J.; Yang, M.; Yi, X.; Dai, G.; Chen, J.; Tang, L.; Rong, H.; Wu, J.; Liang, F. url  doi
  Title Acupuncture for Lateral Epicondylitis: A Systematic Review Type of Study Systematic Review
  Year 2015 Publication Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : ECAM Abbreviated Journal Evid Based Complement Alternat Med  
  Volume 2015 Issue Pages 1-13  
  Keywords Sprains and Strains; Tennis Elbow; Musculoskeletal Diseases; Lateral Epicondylitis; Systematic Review; Acupuncture  
  Abstract Objective. This systematic review aimed to assess the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for lateral epicondylitis (LE). Methods. Seven databases and the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform Search Portal were searched to identify relevant studies. The data were extracted and assessed by two independent authors, and Review Manager Software (V.5.3) was used for data synthesis with effect estimate presented as standard mean difference (SMD) and mean difference (MD) with a 95% confidence interval. The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) was used to assess the level of evidence. Results. Four RCTs with 309 participants were included with poor methodological quality. Participants who received acupuncture and acupuncture plus moxibustion with material insulation were likely to have an improvement in elbow functional status and/or myodynamia. The overall quality rated by GRADE was from very low to low. Two studies reported that the needle pain would be the main reason for the dropout. Conclusion. For the small number of included studies with poor methodological quality, no firm conclusion can be drawn regarding the effect of acupuncture of elbow functional status and myodynamia for LE. This trial is registered with CRD42015016199.  
  Address Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, Sichuan 610075, China  
  Language English Number of Treatments  
  Treatment Follow-up Frequency Number of Participants  
  Time in Treatment Condition Tennis Elbow
  Disease Category Sprains and Strains OCSI Score  
  Notes PMID:26843886; PMCID:PMC4710923 Approved yes  
  Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ Serial 2003  
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