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This study investigated the effectiveness of acupuncture in addition to routine care, compared with routine care alone, in the treatment of patients with chronic pain due to osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee or hip. These results indicate that acupuncture plus routine care is associated with marked clinical improvement in patients with chronic OA-associated pain of the knee or hip. Quality of life improvements were more pronounced in the acupuncture group versus the control group. Treatment success was maintained through 6 months. The changes in outcome in nonrandomized patients were comparable with those in randomized patients who received acupuncture.

-- Arthritis Rheum. 2006 Nov;54(11):3485-93. Acupuncture in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip: a randomized, controlled trial with an additional nonrandomized arm.Witt CM, Jena S, Brinkhaus B, Liecker B, Wegscheider K, Willich SN.

Ten trials tested manual acupuncture and eight trials tested electro-acupuncture. Overall, ten studies demonstrated greater pain reduction in acupuncture groups compared with controls. Considering its favorable safety profile, acupuncture seems an option worthy of consideration particularly for knee osteoarthritis. Further studies are required particularly for manual or electro-acupuncture in hip osteoarthritis.

-- Rheumatology (Oxford). 2006 Nov;45(11):1331-7. Epub 2006 Aug 27. Acupuncture for peripheral joint osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.Kwon YD, Pittler MH, Ernst E.

Patients receiving acupuncture had an improved quality of life associated with significantly higher costs over the 3 months treatment period compared to routine care alone. In conclusion, acupuncture was a cost-effective treatment strategy in patients with chronic osteoarthritis pain.

-- Eur J Health Econ. 2008 Aug;9(3):209-19. Epub 2007 Jul 19. Quality of life and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture treatment in patients with osteoarthritis pain.Reinhold T, Witt CM, Jena S, Brinkhaus B, Willich SN.

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