A Controlled Trial on the Effect of Complex Oriental Medical Treatment with or without Balanced Acupuncture on Treatment of Herniated Intervertebral Disc of Lumbar Spine Patients

Article information

J Korean Acupunct Moxib Soc. 2013;30(4):139-149
Publication date (electronic) : 2013 September 20
doi : https://doi.org/10.13045/acupunct.2013030
1Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University
2Department of Biofunctional Medicine and Diagnosis, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University
3Kyung Hee Harmony Oriental Medical Clinic
*Corresponding author : Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Kyung Hee University Oriental Medicine Hospital, 23, Kyungheedae-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, 130-872, Republic of Korea, Tel : +82-2-958-9196 E-mail : choi4532@unitel.co.kr
Received 2013 August 17; Revised 2013 August 28; Accepted 2013 August 29.

Abstract

Objectives :

The aim of this study was to observe the effect of balanced acupuncture on herniated intervertebral disc of lumbar spine patients.

Methods :

We investigated 23 cases of in-patients with acute & subacute herniated intervertebral disc of lumbar spine in oriental hospital, and divided patients into two groups. We treated one group(12 people) by complex oriental medical treatment with Balanced acupuncture, and the other group(11 people) by complex oriental medical treatment without Balanced acupuncture. To evaluate the effectiveness of treatment applied for two groups, we used visual analog scale(VAS) and rating scale for low back pain at admission and discharge.

Results :

  1. In balanced acupuncture group and control group, compared with baseline and final. VAS was significantly improved.

  2. In Balanced acupuncture group and control group, compared with baseline and final. Rating scale for low back pain was significantly improved.

  3. VAS and rating scale for low back pain improvement rate in balanced acupuncture group were no statistical significance compared with control group.

Conclusions :

Balanced acupuncture might be used for relieving symptoms related with herniated intervertebral disc of lumbar spine, but it's no statistical significance.

Fig. 1.

Recruitment of study participants

Comparison of baseline values

Comparison of VAS in Group A and Group B

Comparison of Rating Scale for Lw Back Pain in Group A and Group B

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Fig. 1.

Recruitment of study participants

Table 1.

Comparison of baseline values

Group A* Group B p-value
Number 12 11 -
Age 42.50±12.79 46.36±10.13 0.566
Sex(male/female) 3/9 3/8 -
Duration until treatment(week) 4.42±5.30 8.18±7.72 0.487
Duration of admission(day) 14.67±12.58 17.18±8.57 0.211
MRI findings Bulging 1 1 -
Protrusion 5 5
Extrusion 5 3
Protrusion & extrusion 1 2

Values are mean±SD.

*:

treatment with balanced acupuncture

†:

treatment without balanced acupuncture

‡:

by Mann-Whitney U test.

Table 2.

Comparison of VAS in Group A and Group B

Group A Group B Comparison of group A & B
Pre-treatment 65.33±21.95 63.59±20.16 0.910
Post-treatment 23.71±22.50 33.59±23.36 -
Variation* 41.63±21.32 30.00±11.18 0.288
p-value 0.001 0.003
*:

pre-treatment of VAS - post-treatment of VAS, values are mean±SD.

†:

by Wilcoxon signed rank test.

‡:

by Mann-Whitney U test.

Table 3.

Comparison of Rating Scale for Lw Back Pain in Group A and Group B

Group A Group B Comparison of group A & B
Pre-treatment 38.42±19.32 50.91±11.63 0.091
Post-treatment 68.92±14.43 70.55±7.58 -
Variation* 30.50±13.27 19.64±9.95 0.032
Improvement rate** 56.99±19.35 45.79±16.88 0.316
p-value 0.001 0.005
*:

post-treatment of rating scale for low back pain - pre-treatment of rating scale for low back pain, values are mean±SD. 30.50±13.27, 19.64±9.95

**:

(post-treatment of rating scale for low back pain - pre-treatment of Rating scale for low back pain) / (93 - pre-treatment of rating scale for low back pain)×100(%)

†:

by Wilcoxon signed rank test.

‡:

by Mann-Whitney U test.