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The effects of collateral meridian therapy for knee osteoarthritis pain management: a pilot study

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Title

The effects of collateral meridian therapy for knee osteoarthritis pain management: a pilot study

Journal Publication

Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics

Date

2013

volume

36(1)

pages

51-56

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Osteoarthritis, Knee
Electroacupuncture
Other Acupuncture Style
Collateral Meridian Therapy
Fixed Acupuncture Protocol
Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only
Non Penetrating Sham, Electrical
Verum Acupoint Control

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this preliminary study was to examine whether collateral meridian (CM) therapy was feasible in treating knee osteoarthritis (OA) pain. METHODS: Twenty-eight patients with knee OA and knee pain were randomly allocated to 2 groups. The CM group patients received CM therapy, whereas the control patients received placebo treatment for knee pain relief. Patients in the CM group received 2 CM treatments weekly for 3 weeks. The outcome measures were pain intensity on a visual analog scale, and knee function was determined using the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index. RESULTS: In the CM group, the posttreatment visual analog scale and Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index scores were lower than those of the control group; a significant reduction in pain intensity (P = .02, P = .01, respectively) and improvement in knee function (P = .04, P = .03, respectively) were shown in the CM group at the second and third week. CONCLUSION: Collateral meridian therapy may be feasible and effective for knee OA pain relief and knee function recovery. Therefore, additional randomized control trials are warranted.

doi

10.1016/j.jmpt.2012.12.003

Frequency of Treatment

>1/WK

Time in Treatment

3 Weeks

has health condition studied

Arthritis

has study population number

28

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