Item request has been placed! ×
Item request cannot be made. ×
loading  Processing Request

Efficacy of abdominal acupuncture for neck pain: A randomized controlled trial

Item request has been placed! ×
Item request cannot be made. ×
loading   Processing Request
  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      Public Library of Science, 2017.
    • Publication Date:
      2017
    • Collection:
      DOAJ-Articles_enriched
      DOAJ-Articles
    • Abstract:
      Objective This study aims to provide evidence regarding the clinical efficacy of abdominal acupuncture for neck pain. Methods This randomized, patient and assessor-blind, sham-controlled trial was conducted at a Chinese medicine center in Hong Kong between November 2014 and March 2016. A total of 154 eligible participants (age range, 18–65 years) with neck pain were randomly assigned to receive abdominal (n = 77) or non-penetrating sham abdominal (sham group; n = 77) acupuncture. Each participant was administered treatment over six sessions by Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioners, in accordance with a standardized protocol. The primary outcome was mean improvement in neck pain disability scores evaluated by the Northwick Park Neck Pain Questionnaire (NPQ). Secondary outcomes included intensity of neck pain and health-related quality-of-life measures. The outcomes were assessed at baseline and at 2 and 6 weeks from baseline. Patients in the abdominal acupuncture group received additional follow-up evaluation at 14 weeks from baseline. Outcomes were evaluated by intention-to-treat analysis. Results All participants provided informed consent for treatment and follow-up evaluation. Patients who received abdominal acupuncture exhibited greater improvement in NPQ scores than those who received sham treatment at both 2 and 6 weeks from baseline (intergroup mean differences, -5.75; 95% confidence interval [CI], -9.48 to -2.03; P = 0.008 and -8.65; 95% CI, -12.13 to -5.16; P < 0.001, respectively). The improvement in NPQ scores in the abdominal acupuncture group was even more significant at 14 weeks from baseline. Patients in the abdominal acupuncture group also exhibited significantly greater improvements in intensity of neck pain and a few quality-of-life measures than those in the sham abdominal acupuncture group, without any serious adverse events. Conclusion These findings suggest that abdominal acupuncture is an effective alternative treatment for neck pain. Trial registration Chinese Clinical Trial Registry ChiCTR-TRC-14004932.
    • Accession Number:
      pmc: PMC5513533
      pmid: 28715459
    • ISSN:
      1932-6203
    • Accession Number:
      10.1371/journal.pone.0181360
    • Accession Number:
      edsair.dedup.wf.001..a16319c96fa5a9cc46a4066b2f4b1f91
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HO, L. F. et al. Efficacy of abdominal acupuncture for neck pain: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE, [s. l.], v. 12, 2017. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0181360. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsair&AN=edsair.dedup.wf.001..a16319c96fa5a9cc46a4066b2f4b1f91&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 7 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Ho LF, Lin ZX, Leung AWN, et al. Efficacy of abdominal acupuncture for neck pain: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE. 2017;12. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0181360.
    • AMA11:
      Ho LF, Lin ZX, Leung AWN, et al. Efficacy of abdominal acupuncture for neck pain: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE. 2017;12. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0181360
    • APA:
      Ho, L. F., Lin, Z. X., Leung, A. W. N., Chen, L., Zhang, H., Ng, B. F. L., Ziea, E. T. C., & Guo, Y. (2017). Efficacy of abdominal acupuncture for neck pain: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE, 12. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0181360
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Ho, Lai Fun, Zhi Xiu Lin, Albert Wing Nang Leung, Liyi Chen, Hongwei Zhang, Bacon Fung Leung Ng, Eric Tat Chi Ziea, and Yuanqi Guo. 2017. “Efficacy of Abdominal Acupuncture for Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” PLoS ONE 12 (July). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0181360.
    • Harvard:
      Ho, L. F. et al. (2017) ‘Efficacy of abdominal acupuncture for neck pain: A randomized controlled trial’, PLoS ONE, 12. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0181360.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Ho, LF, Lin, ZX, Leung, AWN, Chen, L, Zhang, H, Ng, BFL, Ziea, ETC & Guo, Y 2017, ‘Efficacy of abdominal acupuncture for neck pain: A randomized controlled trial’, PLoS ONE, vol. 12, viewed 7 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Ho, Lai Fun, et al. “Efficacy of Abdominal Acupuncture for Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” PLoS ONE, vol. 12, July 2017. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0181360.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Ho, Lai Fun, Zhi Xiu Lin, Albert Wing Nang Leung, Liyi Chen, Hongwei Zhang, Bacon Fung Leung Ng, Eric Tat Chi Ziea, and Yuanqi Guo. “Efficacy of Abdominal Acupuncture for Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” PLoS ONE 12 (July 1, 2017). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0181360.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ho LF, Lin ZX, Leung AWN, Chen L, Zhang H, Ng BFL, et al. Efficacy of abdominal acupuncture for neck pain: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE [Internet]. 2017 Jul 1 [cited 2020 Jul 7];12. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsair&AN=edsair.dedup.wf.001..a16319c96fa5a9cc46a4066b2f4b1f91&custid=s8280428