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Acupuncture plus topical ibuprofen (TIP) may be better than TIP alone for patients with chronic knee pain (CKP) due to osteoarthritis (OA). Chinese authors carried out a retrospective analysis of the medical records of 84 patients with CKP due to OA. Patients were divided into a group who had been treated with acupuncture plus TIP and a control group who had received TIP monotherapy. Acupuncture was applied on the affected side at Yanglinquan GB-34, Yinlinquan SP-9, Zusanli ST-36, Dubi ST-35 and Neixiyan MN‑LE‑16, three times per week for a total of eight weeks. Patients who received adjunctive acupuncture showed better results in terms of pain, function and stiffness, compared with patients who received TIP alone.

A retrospective study of acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy to topical ibuprofen for chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis. Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Apr;98(17):e15308