2020 News from the Research Team Articles

February 2020

Article Summary by IPPS Research Committee Member

Craniosacral therapy for chronic pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Haller H, Lauche R, Sundberg T, Dobos G, Cramer H.
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2020; 21:1

Summary: The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to assess the evidence of Craniosacral Therapy (CST) for the treatment of chronic pain. The authors identified 10 RCTs of 681 patients with neck and back pain, migraine, headache, fibromyalgia, epicondylitis, and pelvic girdle pain. CST showed greater post intervention effects on: pain intensity (SMD = -0.32, 95%CI = [- 0.61,-0.02]) and disability (SMD = -0.58, 95%CI = [- 0.92,-0.24]) compared to treatment as usual; on pain intensity (SMD = -0.63, 95%CI = [- 0.90,-0.37]) and disability (SMD = -0.54, 95%CI = [- 0.81,-0.28]) compared to manual/non-manual sham; and on pain intensity (SMD = -0.53, 95%CI = [- 0.89,-0.16]) and disability (SMD = -0.58, 95%CI = [- 0.95,-0.21]) compared to active manual treatments. At six months, CST showed greater effects on pain intensity (SMD = -0.59, 95%CI = [- 0.99,-0.19]) and disability (SMD = -0.53, 95%CI = [- 0.87,-0.19]) versus sham. Secondary outcomes were all significantly more improved in CST patients than in other groups, except for six-month mental quality of life versus sham. The authors concluded that in patients with chronic pain, CST significantly improves pain and function lasting up to six months. . 

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January 2020

Article Summary by IPPS Research Committee Member

Pharmacological Interventions for Treating Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome.

Franco JV1, Turk T, Jung JH, Xiao YT, Iakhno S, Tirapegui FI, Garrote V, Vietto V.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019

Summary: Chronic prostatitis / chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is characterized as pelvic pain and lower urinary tract symptoms. This systematic review aimed to assess the efficacy of pharmacological therapies for CP/CPPS, which is considered a complex and multifactorial disorder. In the review, the authors included randomized controlled trials conducted in men a diagnosis of CP/CPPS. They evaluated all available pharmacological interventions compared to placebo or in head-to-head comparisons. The authors identified 99 unique studies assessing 16 types of pharmacological therapies. Overall, they found low- to very low-quality evidence that alpha blockers, antibiotics, 5-ARI, anti-inflammatories, phytotherapy, intraprostatic BTA injection, and traditional Chinese medicine may cause a reduction in prostatitis symptoms without an increased incidence of adverse events in the short term, except for alpha blockers which may be associated with an increase in mild adverse events. There were few trials with active comparators and little evidence of the effects of these drugs on sexual dysfunction, quality of life or anxiety and depression. 

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