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Comment & Response
February 10, 2015

Treating Chronic Knee Pain With Acupuncture—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 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

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.