Needles no fix for knees

The researchers compared pain and physical functions in patients aged >50 years randomly allocated into one of four groups: laser acupuncture, sham laser acupuncture, needle acupuncture or a no acupuncture control group.

“Although needle and laser acupuncture improved pain after treatment compared with control, improvements were not sustained at one year and were of a clinically unimportant magnitude,” the authors wrote.

Pain and physical function, along with secondary outcomes like pain while walking and standing, activity restriction and quality of life, were assessed again after 12 weeks and