Ear acupuncture can be used as a treatment for pregnancy induced low back pain.
Ear acupuncture has been used as treatment for various pain symptoms. Pregnancy related low
back pain can be debilitating for pregnant women but there is lack of effective treatment.
Owing to the unique circulation system between mother and fetus, prenatal care providers and
gravidae are reluctant to prescribe or accept the pharmacological intervention. Thus the
goal of this clinical investigation is to determine whether ear acupuncture can be used as
treatment for this special clinical entity. The participants are randomized into one of the
three interventions based on a computer generated randomization table. These three
interventions groups are: (1) True acupuncture (2) Sham acupuncture and (3) no acupuncture.
All participants are allowed to use standard of care (SOC) as a rescue treatment and the SOC
consists of acetaminophen 650 mg every 6 hours no more than 4 times per day, frequent rest
and topical warm/cold compress. The participants in group 1 & 2 received a total of three
continuous retained ear acupuncture needles at three sites ipsilateral to the dominant hand
in preselected ear acupuncture points for one week then after day 7. All participants are
followed/observed for a total 2 weeks after the initiation of the study.
- English speaking, healthy pregnant women in at least 25 weeks of gestational age who
suffered from low back pain related to pregnancy.
- No obstetric complications during pregnancy or neurological complications that
require immediate medical/surgical intervention.
- Non-English speaking
- Mentally challenged
- State of pregnancy less than 25 weeks but suffer from pregnancy related low back pain
- Pregnant women without low back pain
- The pregnancy is complicated by obstetrical problems, or low back pain requiring
immediate surgical/medical intervention.