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Author (up) Korpan, M. I.; Dezu, Y.; Schneider, B.; Leitha, T.; Fialka-Moser, V. openurl 
  Title Acupuncture in the treatment of posttraumatic pain syndrome Type of Study RCT
  Year 1999 Publication Abbreviated Journal Acta Orthop Belg  
  Volume 65 Issue 2 Pages 197-201  
  Keywords Acu Versus Sham; Pain; RCT; TCM Acupuncture Style; Acupuncture; AcuTrials; Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy; Semi-Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture Only; Superficial Needling Depth; Sham Acupoint Control; Penetrating Sham; Non Specific Acupoint Control;  
  Abstract To test the hypothesis that classical Chinese acupuncture provides an additional benefit subjectively as well as objectively in patients suffering from reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a double-blind, placebo-controlled prospective trial was performed. Fourteen patients suffering clinically and scintigraphically from acute CRPS of the upper limb lasting of more than one but less than 6 months were studied. Patients were randomly assigned to either the classical acupuncture (group A) or sham acupuncture (group S), which was applied five times a week for three weeks and required 30 minutes. Both groups received the same defined standard treatment. The current state of pain was assessed by means of a visual analogue scale. Subjective success of treatment was rated by the patients by means of a rating scale. Each patient underwent a clinical examination and was investigated by 5-phase bone scan in order to confirm the diagnosis. The current state of pain as well as clinical parameters were almost identical in patients of group A and of group S at the beginning. During therapy clinical parameters as well as pain improved in both groups and reached nearly normal levels after 6 months. Owing to the small number of patients in our study, no differences between sham and treatment group could be recognized. For a definitive statement the treatment of further patients in both groups is planned. Determinations of the effect of acupuncture on clinical parameters, based on long-term follow-ups are projected  
  Address Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Vienna, Austria  
  Language Number of Treatments 15  
  Treatment Follow-up 24 Weeks Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 14  
  Time in Treatment 3 Weeks Condition Pain
  Disease Category Pain OCSI Score 40  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 601  
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