Acupuncture for Back, Hip, Knee & Leg Pain

Acupuncture for Back, Hip, Knee & Leg Pain.

Back troubles commonly occur because of poor posture, improper lifting, over-exertion and bad habits which develop over a long period of time.

Although the pain may be severe, most bouts of back pain that occur suddenly are not due to any serious disease and often a specific cause cannot be found (nonspecific back pain). Other causes of back pain include irritation of spinal nerve roots, disc prolapse, arthritis, inflammation, kidney stones and infections.

What is our clinical experience?

Based on feedback collected from over 5,999 initial appointments for Back, Hip & Sciatica Pain, 81% of our patients reported improved quality of life after their first 3 appointments. See our detailed benchmarking statistics.

Initial
Consults
5,999
Average
Appointments
3
Improved
Quality of Life
81%
Refer Family &
Friends
90%

What does the research say?

The following insights are obtained from systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for back, hip, knee & leg pain.

Consult with our practitioners for personalised care and advice.

Although well-conducted clinical research can help members of the public to make better-informed decisions about their healthcare, we cannot claim that any particular treatment may be effective for any individual person.

When you consult with our Chinese medicine practitioners, you'll receive personalised advice and treatment based on your symptoms and Chinese medicine diagnosis.

Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific clinical research on acupuncture for back, hip, knee & leg pain.

It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.



Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2021, Feb 25

Clinical Efficacy and Safety of Acupressure on Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The study highlighted that acupressure is highly effective in relieving lower back pain. In comparison with other RCTs of acupuncture techniques, acupressure significantly reduce long term effects.

Tao Li , Xiaohui Li ,Fan Huang , Qiang Tian , Z. Y. Fan , and S. Wu Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2020, Oct 16

Efficacy and Safety of Acupuncture Therapy for Patients with Acute Ankle Sprain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This study has indicated that acupuncture is effective in relieving acute ankle sprains.

Liu AF, Gong SW, Chen JX, Zhai JB Full Article

Acupuncture in Medicine

2018, Apr 1

Acupuncture for Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

This academic study showed effective results of acupuncture treatments with lumbar disc herniation patients. Patients reported to have reduced pain on the lower back, improved blood circulation and decreased intake of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.Acupuncture treatments significantly promote overall recovery for hernia-related pain.

Tang S, Mo Z, Zhang R Full Article

Complementary Medicine Research

2016, Jan

Acupuncture Versus Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs for Treatment of Chondromalacia Patellae: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Complementary Medicine Research

The study highlighted that acupuncture has long term effects of relieving knee pain. It also benefits patients with chondromalacia patellae with existing conditions in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Lv Z.-T.a · Li Z.-Q.b · Zhou X.c · Ma W.-W.d · Zhang J.-M.a · Chen A.-M Full Article

Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

2016, May 31

Effectiveness of Acupuncture Therapies to Manage Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Extremities: A Systematic Review
Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

This article showcase the efficacy of acupuncture for carpel tunnel syndrome, piriformis, shoulder pain, plantar fasciitis and patellofemoral pain. The systematic reviews on randomised controlled trials research have showed that patients respond significantly better after treatments compared to the control group.

Cox, J., Varatharajan, S., Côté, P., & Optima Collaboration Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2015, Dec 6

The Efficacy of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Results showed that acupuncture was more effective than conventional Western medicine in outcomes effectiveness, pain intensity, and pain threshold. Acupuncture may be effective in treating the pain associated with sciatica.

Ji M, Wang X, Chen M, Shen Y, Zhang X, Yang J Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2015, Oct 21

Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Treating Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This systematic review suggest that the use of acupuncture is more effective to relieve leg pain/lumbago. The study showed that it improved global assessment of sciatica when compared with NSAID (ibuprofen, meloxicam, and diclofenac) treatment. Moreover, adjuvant acupuncture may enhance the effect of medications in leg pain/lumbago relief.

Zongshi Qin, Xiaoxu Liu, Jiani Wu, Yanbing Zhai, Zhishun Liu, Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2015, Jan 4

Acupuncture for Low Back Pain: An Overview of Systematic Reviews
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Systematic reviews of variable quality showed that acupuncture, either used in isolation or as an adjunct to conventional therapy, provides short-term improvements in pain and function for chronic low back pain.

Liu L, Skinner M, McDonough S, Mabire L, Baxter GD. Full Article

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

2014, Aug 23

Pain management with acupuncture in osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

The use of acupuncture is associated with significant reductions in pain intensity, improvement in functional mobility and quality of life. While the differences are not as great as shown by other reviews, current evidence supports the use of acupuncture as an alternative for traditional analgesics in patients with osteoarthritis.

Manyanga, T., Froese, M., Zarychanski, R. et al. Full Article

BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

2013, Mar 04

Acupuncture for ankle sprain: systematic review and meta-analysis
BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies

Acupuncture was found to be more effective than various controls in relieving pain, facilitating return to normal activity and improving quality of life, however, the available evidence is insufficient to recommend it as an evidence-based treatment option.

Park J, Hahn S, Park JY, Park HJ, Lee H Full Article

Acupuncture in Medicine

2012, Dec 12

The Effectiveness of Acupuncture for Plantar Heel Pain: A Systematic Review
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

Five randomised controlled trials and three non-randomised comparative studies were included. There is evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture for plantar heel pain (PHP). This is comparable to the evidence available for conventionally used interventions, such as stretching, night splints or dexamethasone. Therefore acupuncture should be considered in recommendations for the management of patients with PHP.

Clark RJ, Tighe M Full Article


Yin Tang
“It is by virtue of the twelve channels that human life exists, that disease arises, that human beings can be treated and illness cured. The twelve channels are where beginners start and masters end.” The Classic of Acupuncture
Circa 1st Century BCE