Acute Lower Back Pain – Research

Acupuncture superior to NSAIDS for improving symptoms; acupuncture superior to sham for pain but not function (Lee 2013 – SR of 11 RCTs)(1)

Low-quality evidence for pain and function (Chou 2016 – AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness review)(2)


1. Lee JH, Choi TY, Lee MS, Lee H, Shin BC, Lee H. Acupuncture for acute low back pain: a systematic review. Clin J Pain. 2013 Feb;29(2):172-85.

2. Chou R, Deyo R, Friedly J, Skelly A, Hashimoto R, Weimer M, et al. AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Reviews. Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2016.