The Research Trends on the Acupuncture Treatment of Lumbar Herniated Intervertebral Disc Using PubMed Database

PubMed 검색을 통한 요추 추간판 탈출증의 침치료 연구 동향

  • Shin, Woo-Suk (Department of Korean Rehabilitation of Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Sang-Ji University) ;
  • Park, Won-Hyung (Department of Korean Rehabilitation of Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Sang-Ji University) ;
  • Cha, Yun-Yeop (Department of Korean Rehabilitation of Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Sang-Ji University)
  • 신우석 (상지대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과) ;
  • 박원형 (상지대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과) ;
  • 차윤엽 (상지대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과)
  • Received : 2014.09.16
  • Accepted : 2014.10.01
  • Published : 2014.10.31


Objectives The purpose of this study is to research current trends of acupuncture treatment of lumbar herniated intervertebral disc using the PubMed database. Methods We set up the search strategy and investigated clinical trials on acupuncture treatment of lumbar herniated intervertebral disc through PubMed search. This study analyzed previous researched papers published from January 1st, 2000 to April 30th, 2014, and classified them by publication year, journal names, types of literature, treatment methods and evaluation scales. To assess the quality of the reviewed literature, randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies were assessed by Cochrane's risk of bias (ROB) tool and non-RCT studies were assessed by risk of bias for non-randomized studies (RoBANS). Results We found 35 studies on the acupuncture treatment of lumbar herniated intervertebral disc. Papers on this topic have been published, on average, three to four times annually in 9 journals since the mid-2000's. The journal with the largest number of publications was Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion, and most of articles were classified as RCT. Acupuncture treatment was performed individually or together with other treatments. The most frequently used pain evaluation index was visual analogue scale (VAS). The index of effective rate was used frequently but there was a lack of objectivity. In regards to the quality of the studies, outcome assessment in RCT showed that random sequence generation, allocation concealment, and the blinding of participants and personnel increase potential of risk of bias. For non-RCT assessment, outcome showed that confounding variable, measurement of intervention were at high risk of bias. Conclusions In order to obtain objective clinical evidence of acupuncture treatment of lumbar herniated intervertebral disc, further clinical studies should be designed to minimize the risk of bias, using STRICTA with larger sample sizes.


Supported by : 상지대학교


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