Acupuncture for Post-Operative Pain

Acupuncture for Pain Gold Coast

Post-operative pain Research

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For post-operative pain, acupuncture was not reviewed in the Australian DVA review (2010) and rated as ‘unclear’ in the USVA Evidence map of acupuncture {2014} (5, 6). A systematic review and meta-analysis of 13 RCTs in 2016, found that acupuncture, electroacupuncture (EA) and transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) improved pain on day one after surgery and reduced opioid use (17). Subgroup analysis showed that acupuncture and TEAS were superior to EA (17). A systematic review specifically on acute pain after back surgery reviewed five RCTs (three of which were high quality) and found encouraging but limited evidence for the efficacy of acupuncture (57). A systematic review on complementary therapies for pain after knee surgery included three RCTs on acupuncture and one on acupressure (58). The review found that acupressure reduced pain, and while acupuncture did not reduce pain it did reduce ibuprofen use (58). An RCT on acupuncture for pain after total knee arthroplasty found that acupuncture was superior to sham in post-operative fentanyl use, time to first request for fentanyl and pain intensity (59).

Acupuncture Gold Coast Location

The Gold Coast Acupuncture Clinic is located in the Coomera Shopping Village at 13/31 Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera opposite the Boathouse Tavern. This is a great Location for the surrounding suburbs of Coomera, Upper Coomera, Oxenford, Helensvale, Pimpama, Ormeau, Willowvale, Tamborine Mountain and Hope Island.

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Acupuncture is available at our Coomera Clinic. If it is your first visit please make sure you arrive 5 minutes early to fill out paperwork. All our therapists are qualified and trained professionals.

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Phone: 5573 6601

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McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised Edition)

5. Biotext. Alternative therapies and Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold and White Card arrangements. In: Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs, editor: Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs; 2010.

6. Hempel S, Taylor SL, Solloway MR, Miake-Lye IM, Beroes JM, Shanman R, et al. VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program Reports. Evidence Map of Acupuncture. Washington (DC): Department of Veterans Affairs; 2014.

17. Wu MS, Chen KH, Chen IF, Huang SK, Tzeng PC, Yeh ML, et al. The Efficacy of Acupuncture in Post-Operative Pain Management: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLOS ONE. 2016;11(3):e0150367.

57. Cho YH, Kim CK, Heo KH, Lee MS, Ha IH, Son DW, et al. Acupuncture for acute postoperative pain after back surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Pain Pract. 2015 Mar;15(3):279-91.

58. Barlow T, Downham C, Barlow D. The effect of complementary therapies on post-operative pain control in ambulatory knee surgery: a systematic review. Complement Ther Med. 2013 Oct;21(5):529-34.

59. Chen CC, Yang CC, Hu CC, Shih HN, Chang YH, Hsieh PH. Acupuncture for pain relief after total knee arthroplasty: a randomized controlled trial. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2015 Jan-Feb;40(1):31-6.