The Correlation between Acupuncture Therapy on Knee Osteoarthritis and BMI

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J Korean Acupunct Moxib Soc. 2013;30(3):101-107
Publication date (electronic) : 2013 June 20
doi : https://doi.org/10.13045/acupunct.2013009
1Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Chung-Ju Hospital of Traditional Korean Medicine, Semyung University
2Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Je-Cheon Hospital of Traditional Korean Medicine, Semyung University
3Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Hospital of Traditional Korean Medicine, Dongguk University
*Corresponding author : Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Chung-Ju Hospital of Traditional Korean Medicine, Semyung University, 63, Sangbang 4-gil, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do 380-080, Republic of Korea Tel : +82-43-841-1735 E-mail : acupley@semyung.ac.kr
Received 2013 May 10; Revised 2013 May 25; Accepted 2013 May 25.

Abstract

Objectives :

The purpose of this study is to investigate the correlation between acupuncture therapy on knee osteoarthritis and BMI.

Methods :

Data on assessment measurements of knee osteoarthritis and obesity were obtained from 31 patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis from May, 2011 to September, 2012. The assesment measurements consisted of body mass index(BMI), visual analogue scale(VAS) and Western Ontario and McMaster Universities(WOMAC) index. Statistical correlations among assessment measurements were evaluated by examining the Pearson’s correlation coefficients.

Results :

1. The average age of all patients was 58.87 ± 9.48(male : 63.67 ± 11.34, female : 57.72 ± 8.86).

2. The average BMI of all patients was 25.41 ± 3.06 kg/m2. According to clinical definition of obesity by Korean Society for the Study of Obesity, 25.81% of all patients was within normal weight, 25.81% was overweight, 38.71% was obesity and 9.67% was morbid obesity.

3. There were no significant correlations in statistics among assessment measurements.

Conclusions :

There is significant correlation between knee osteoarthritis and obesity according to many clinical and experimental researches. So more studies on correlation between knee osteoarthritis and obesity and development of assessment measurement are needed.

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