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Electro-acupuncture (EA) combined with usual care (UC) is more effective than UC alone for pain reduction and functional improvement in patients with non-acute low back pain (LBP) after back surgery. Korean researchers randomised 108 participants to either UC alone, or UC plus EA treatment, twice a week for four weeks. After four weeks of treatment, significant between-group differences were observed for pain in favour of the UC plus EA group.

Multicentre randomised controlled clinical trial of electroacupuncture with usual care for patients with non-acute pain after back surgery. Br J Anaesth. 2021 Mar;126(3):692-699.