We are calling for volunteers to take part in a project examining individualised acupuncture treatment for knee osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain.
About one in four people suffer from low back pain or knee pain due to osteoarthritis. Pain medications are commonly used but are not tolerated by everyone.
Acupuncture achieves pain relief through inserting fine sterilised needles onto the body surface Studies have shown that acupuncture is safe, and brings satisfactory pain relief to some people.
Everyone responds differently to pain therapies and it is important to identify those who respond and those who do not. We aim to identify the “pain profile” that will help us predict how people might response to pain therapies such as acupuncture. Participants will be individually assessed for these pain factors then will receive eight sessions of acupuncture over four weeks. The outcome of this project will help us develop an optimized acupuncture treatment for chronic pain, by targeting people to receive specific treatments.
RMIT is calling for volunteers who suffer from:
- low back pain, aged 20-65 years; or
- knee osteoarthritis, aged 40-80 years.
The research will be conducted at the RMIT, Bundoora West Campus.
This project has been approved by the RMIT Human Research Ethics Committee.
Dr Zhen Zheng, Dawn Wong Lit Wan, Dr Yanyi Wang, Professor Charlie Xue.
Study recruiting now
We are recruiting participants to take part in this project until December 2015.
For further information or to volunteer, please contact Dawn Wong Lit Wan on +61 3 9925 7177 or email email@example.com.