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Lumbar disc herniation (LDH) is a disease commonly seen in clinical practice. In the majority of such patients presenting in clinic, the symptoms can be relieved or even abolished after non-surgical treatment. Floating needle therapy has attracted considerable attention as a promising non-surgical technique to treat LDH, as demonstrated in previous studies. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the outcomes of patients treated using this therapy in a single blind and randomized controlled trial by recording patient report questionnaires and objective test data, and to explore the feasibility and preliminary effects of floating needle therapy for patients with LDH. A total of 80 patients who fulfilled the inclusion criteria were randomly divided into a Fu's subcutaneous needling (FSN) group and an acupuncture group then treated in accordance with procedures appropriate for a single blind and randomized controlled trial. The FSN group received 12 FSN therapy sessions over a 3-week period, and the acupuncture group received acupuncture therapy at specified points using acupuncture needles. The principal measurements were scored using the visual analogue scale (VAS), Japanese Orthopedic Association (JOA) Score, and Oswestry disability index (ODI) before and 3 weeks after treatment. Secondary measurements included immune function IgG and IgM measurements performed at the same time and adverse reactions during treatment. The results of this trial will be published on the website of China Clinical Trial Registration Center ( and in peer-reviewed journals or academic conferences. This study will explore the feasibility and preliminary effects of floating needle therapy for the treatment of patients with LDH. PROSPERO (registration number ChiCTR1900024045).


Jiangxia Yang, Chen Yang, Yajie Wang, Ning Li, Xingzhang Yao, Bowen Yang, Xia Xu, Xingyong Li. Effect of subcutaneous needling on visual analogue scale, IgG and IgM in patients with lumbar disc herniation: Study protocol clinical trial (SPIRIT Compliant). Medicine. 2020 Feb;99(9):e19280

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