Acupuncture relieves acute lumbar sprains

Aim: This study is aimed at investigating the effect of acupuncture along meridians on pain degree and treatment of acute lumbar sprain.

Methods: A total of 96 patients with acute lumbar sprain from May 2019 to March 2021 in our hospital were selected and divided into the study and control groups. The patients in the control group were administered conventional western medicine and massage therapy, while the study group underwent acupuncture along meridians based on the control group. The therapeutic effect, visual analogue scale (VAS), Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ), and lumbar range of motion (ROM) scores, emG inversion times, emG amplitude of the sacrospinalis muscle, and the serum TNF-α and IL-6 levels were determined.

Results: The total effective rate of the study group was significantly higher than that of the control group. After treatment, the VAS, RMDQ, and ROM scores of the study group were significantly lower than those of the control group. Before the intervention, the EMG inversion times and the EMG amplitude of the spinous process muscle in the study group were not significantly different from those in the control group. After the intervention, the number and amplitude of EMG reversal in the study group were significantly higher than those in the control group. After the intervention, the serum levels of TNF-α (pg/ml) and IL-6 (pg/ml) in the study group were significantly lower than those in the control group. 

Conclusion. Meridian acupuncture for acute lumbar sprain can effectively improve body function, relieve pain, regulate serum inflammatory factors, and improve the overall therapeutic effect.

Reference: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35915733/

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