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Treating Chronic Knee Pain With Acupuncture—Reply

Rana S. Hinman, PhD1; Marie Pirotta, PhD2; Kim L. Bennell, PhD1
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1Department of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
2Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
JAMA. 2015;313(6):628-629. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.18522.
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In Reply Our study found no benefit of needle or laser acupuncture compared with sham laser and small clinically irrelevant benefits compared with no acupuncture for chronic knee pain. We took a pragmatic approach, permitting 8 acupuncturists (each with at least 10 years of acupuncture experience) flexibility to choose acupuncture points and treatment frequency (8-12 visits over 12 weeks). Consistent with clinical practice and acupuncture training in Australia, acupuncturists aimed for deqi with needle acupuncture.


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February 10, 2015
Johannes Fleckenstein, MD; Winfried Banzer, MD, PhD
1Department of TCM/Acupuncture, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2Department of Sports Medicine, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
JAMA. 2015;313(6):627. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.18505.
February 10, 2015
Yong Ming Li, MD, PhD
1Herb Acupuncture Clinic, Bridgewater, New Jersey
JAMA. 2015;313(6):628. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.18508.
February 10, 2015
G. David Baxter, TD, DPhil, MBA; Steve Tumilty, PhD
1University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
JAMA. 2015;313(6):626-627. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.18511.
February 10, 2015
Lixing Lao, PhD, MB; Wing-Fai Yeung, BCM, PhD
1School of Chinese Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
JAMA. 2015;313(6):627-628. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.18516.
February 10, 2015
Hongjian He, AP, MD, PhD
1Oriental Family Medicine, Clearwater, Florida
JAMA. 2015;313(6):626. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.18519.
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