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Ji, Lim, Kim, Lee, and Lee: A Clinical Case Study of Residual Symptoms after Decompression of Traumatic Compartment Syndrome
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The purpose of this study is to report on the residual symptoms after decompression of traumatic compartment syndrome experienced by a patient whose condition was much improved by electroacupuncture and bee venom therapy.


The patient was treated with electroacupuncture and bee venom therapy. The progress of symptoms was checked by visual analog scale, disabilities of the arm, shoulder, and hand(DASH) and range of motion.


All results were improved. Scores from the visual analog scale and DASH decreased, while the range of motion increased.


Electroacupuncture and bee venom therapy have an effect on residual symptoms after decompression of traumatic compartment syndrome.

Fig. 1
The change of wrist range of motion
F : plantar flexion. E : dorsi flexion. RD : radial deviation. UD : ulnar deviation.
Table 1
Detail of Acupuncture Technique Based on STRICTA
1. Acupuncture rationale
1a) Style of acupuncture Traditional Korean medicine
1b) Reasoning of treatment provided Based on historical context and anatomical information
2. Details of needling
2a) Number of needle insertions per subject per session 8
2b–1) Names of points used LI5, SI5, LI4, SI3
2b–2) Uni/bilateral Unilateral
2c) Depth of insertion About 1.5~2.0 cm
2d) Response sought De-qi sensation
2e) Needle stimulation Electroacupuncture
2f) Needle retention time 20 minutes
2g) Needle type 0.25×30 mm, Dong-bang stainless steel disposable acupuncture needle
3. Treatment regimen
3a) Number of treatment sessions 63 times
3b) Frequency and duration of treatment sessions 1 ~ 4 times a week
4. Other components of treatment
4a) Details of other interventions administered to the acupuncture group Bee venom pharmacopuncture
4b) Setting and context of treatment, including instructions to practitioners, and information and explanations to patients None
5. Practitioner background
5) Description of participating acupuncturists Specialist of acupuncture and moxibustionmedicine with more than 5 years of experience
6. Control or comparator
Interventions No control intervention
Table 2
The Change of VAS, DASH, and ROM
Pain Numbness F E RD UD
3/2 5 5 75 45 30 10 10
5/4 4 4 53.33 65 60 20 20
7/17 1 2 30.83 70 70 20 25

F : plantar flexion. E : dorsi flexion. RD : radial deviation. UD : ulnar deviation.



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