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Acupuncture Reduces Pain, Improves Mood, and Reduces Medical Expenses in Persons with Low Back Pain

Topic: Acupuncture Reduces Pain, Improves Mood, and Reduces Medical Expenses in Persons with Low Back Pain

Keywords: LOW BACK PAIN, CHRONIC PAIN, MOOD - Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine

Reference: "Acupuncture can reduce perceived pain, mood disturbances and medical expenses related to low back pain among factory employees," Sawazaki K, Mukaino Y, et al, Ind Health, 2008; 46(4): 336-40. (Address: Department of Public Health and Occupational Medicine, Mie University Graduate School of Medicine, Tsu-shi, Mie, Japan).

Summary: In a study involving 72 employees of a steel company (70 male, 2 females, mean age: 53 years) experiencing low back pain, treatment with acupuncture, once/week for a period of 8 weeks, was found to reduce pain, reduce mood disturbances, reduce visits to conventional hospitals (12.1 vs. 0.8 per month), and reduce standardized medical expenses for low back pain, as compared to the levels recorded prior to treatment. Workers at a neighboring branch factory who served as controls and did not receive any acupuncture treatments did not experience such improvements. The authors conclude, "It is suggested that acupuncture can reduce medical expenses for LBP through improvement in mood and pain."

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