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Kim, Kim, Ji, Lee, and Kim: The Effect of Acupotomy on Lumbar and Cervical Spine Combined with Oriental Medical Treatment: Report of Five Cases

Abstract

Objectives:

The purpose of this study is to report the improvement in patients with lumbar, cervical or radiating pain to the extremity by means of acupotomy.

Methods:

We treated 5 patients who have a disease related with lumbar or cervical spine with acupotomy combined with oriental medical treatment. We checked numeric rating scale(NRS), oswestry low back pain disability index(ODI) or neck disability index(NDI), and range of motion(ROM).

Results:

NRS and ODI/NDI were decreased, and ROM improved at all cases.

Conclusions:

This study shows acupotomy has a meaningful effect when applied on lumbar and cervical spine.

Fig. 1.
Application of acupotomy on lumbar pain
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Fig. 2.
L-spine MRI of case 1
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Fig. 3.
L-spine MRI of case 2
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Fig. 4.
C-spine MRI of case 3
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Fig. 5.
L-spine MRI of case 4
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Fig. 6.
L-spine CT of case 5
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Fig. 7.
The change of NRS at before and after treatment
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Fig. 8.
The change of ODI at before and after treatment
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Fig. 9.
The change of NDI at before and after treatment
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Table 1.
Progress in the Treatment of Case 1
2014. 01. 16 (before treatment) 2014. 02. 08 (after treatment)
NRS 10 6
ODI 35 20
Flexion(″) 80(+) 80(+)
Extension(″) 20(+) 30(+)

NRS : numeric rating scale. ODI : oswestry disability index.

Table 2.
Progress in the Treatment of Case 2
2014. 02. 18. (before treatment) 2014. 02. 27 (after treatment)
NRS 10 2
ODI 32 16
Flexion(″) 60(+) 80
Extension(″) 30 30
Table 3.
Progress in the Treatment of Case 3
2014. 03. 03 (before treatment) 2014. 03. 25 (after treatment)
NRS 10 0
NDI 27 15
Flexion(″) 45 45
Extension(″) 30(+) 30(+)
Table 4.
Progress in the Treatment of Case 4
2014. 04. 07 (before treatment) 2014. 04. 09 (after treatment)
NRS 10 3
ODI 15 9
Flexion(″) 80(+) 80
Extension(″) 10(+) 30
Table 5.
Progress in the Treatment of Case 5
2014. 04. 18 (before treatment) 2014. 05. 10 (after treatment)
NRS 10 2
ODI 28 16
Flexion(″) 0(+) 30(+)
Extension(″) 20(+) 30(+)

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