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Battlefield acupuncture (BFA) is feasible as a therapy for acute low back pain (LBP) in the emergency department (ED). American researchers randomised 30 acute LBP patients that presented to the ED to either BFA plus standard care, or standard care alone. Post-intervention LBP (measured on a ten-point pain rating scale) was significantly lower in the BFA group compared with the standard care group. Physical function post intervention, measured by the timed get-up-and-go test, was similar between groups.

Battlefield acupuncture to treat low back pain in the emergency department. Am J Emerg Med. 2018 Feb 27. pii: S0735-6757(18)30175-X.


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