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Acupressure improved pharmacological treatment effect on depression, anxiety, and stress in knee ost

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Rani et al​(Rani et al. 2020)​ from Sawai Man Singh Medical College reported their latest research on the effectiveness of acupressure therapy with pharmacological treatment on pain, depression, anxiety, and stress in knee osteoarthritis patients. Eligible 212 knee osteoarthritis patients were randomized into two groups (acupressure vs medication).

Initially, patients of both groups reported severe pain. But patients after acupressure scored better on the pain scale (p<0.01) and DASS-21 scale (p<0.01). Besides the patients of ≥50 subgroup of pain in the acupressure group experienced better improvement in psychological symptoms.

Therfore they concluded that acupressure can be used as add on therapy in combination with conventional treatment (pharmacological treatment) which may assist in pain reduction. The reduction in pain directly contributes in improving the physiological wellness among knee osteoarthritis patients.

Rani, Meenu, Lokendra Sharma, Uma Advani, and Susheel Kumar. 2020. “Adjunctive Effect of Acupressure to Pharmacological Treatment on Depression, Anxiety and Stress in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients.” Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, July.

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