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2019 Nov

Medicine (Baltimore)



Acupuncture for the treatment of ankle sprain: A protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis: study protocol.


Huang F, Sun K, Pan X, Xie K, Wu J, Tao J, Ma Y, Qi Y, Ma Z, Li X, Liang H, Wang S, Lei Z, Chen Z
Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Nov; 98(46):e17905.
PMID: 31725639.


Ankle sprain is one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries in our daily life, which may lead to chronic ankle instability, reducing the quality of patients' life and imposing a heavy burden on social medical security system. There are many kinds of methods treating ankle sprain, which can be divided into the conservative treatments and surgical intervention. Acupuncture is one of the conservative treatments for ankle sprain, especially in China. Therefore, we perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the evidence for acupuncture's effectiveness, safety and cost benefits for the treatment.