SUBJECTS: The study involved 24 patients (17 men and 7 women) aged 26 to 67 years with a mean age of 54.5 +/- 5 years.
SETTINGS: The Department of Orthopedics at the First Military Medical University, the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the General Hospital of PLA in Beijing, and the Department of Acupuncture, the First People's Hospital in Kunming City, People's Republic of China, were the settings for this study.
METHODS: The patients were treated with traditional silver needle therapy at tender points in the low back and buttocks. Pain at each of the tender points was measured before and after treatment; the scores were compared with a Student t test.
RESULTS: The therapeutic results suggest that the total scores for each tender point after treatment were significantly lower than those taken before treatment (P <.001).
CONCLUSION: Silver needle therapy shows promise for treating low-back pain after surgery for disc herniation. Further clinical trials are needed to confirm the effectiveness of this treatment.
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