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Lee, Kim, Lim, Lee, Lee, Jung, and Lee: A Case Report on Kienböck’s Disease by Korean Medical Treatments
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The purpose of this study is to report the clinical effects of Korean medical treatment for Kienböck’s disease.


The patient was treated using acupuncture, electroacupuncture, herbal medicine, pharmacopuncture treatment, and other treatments including moxibustion, physical rehabilitation for 6 weeks. And we evaluated the patient through verbal rating scale(VRS), disability of the arm, shoulder and hand(DASH), range of motion(ROM).


After treatment, VRS is changed from 7 to 3, DASH is changed from 37.93 to 20.69. And ROM is changed from 60° to 70° in wrist flexion, and from 10° to 15° in radial deviation.


These results suggest that Korean medical treatment is effective to the patient complaining pain and dysfunction.

Fig. 1.
X-ray and MRI of Rt wrist
Table 1.
The Change of Verbal Rating Scale, Disability of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand and Range of Movement
Admission day classification 0 week 2 week 3 week 4 week 6 week (after discharge, 2 weeks later)
VRS 7 4 4 3∼4 3
DASH 37.93 34.48 29.31 28.45 20.69
ROM Wrist flexion 60(+)/80(−) 70(+)/80(−) 70(+)/80(−) 70(+)/80(−) 70(+)/80(−)
Radial deviation 10(+)/20(−) 15(+)/20(−) 15(+)/20(−) 15(+)/20(−) 15(+)/20(−)

VAS : verbal rating scale.

DASH : disability of the arm, shoulder and hand.

ROM : range of movement

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