At the University of York in England, Hugh MacPherson and scientists said the benefits of a short course of acupuncture was effective in treating patients with low back pain and that the benefits seem to improve with time. This was evident in their study of 241 back pain sufferers.
“If you offer acupuncture to someone with back pain on average it is expected you are likely to benefit, not just in the short term but particularly in the longer-term of 12 and especially 24 months,” he said in an interview.”
“That’s a remarkable finding in that normally you would expect the benefit of the treatment to wear off,” MacPherson added. Low back pain affects ten of millions of people and is a leading cause of sick days.”
Good News for Low Back Pain Sufferers
The researches found that acupuncture treatment of low back pain had both short term and long term benefits.
In a separate study in which they looked at the cost of acupuncture, the researchers found that the additional money spent on the acupuncture treatment was cost effective.