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J Acupunct Res > Volume 38(1); 2021 > Article
Published online February 22, 2021.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13045/jar.2020.00465   
Treatment of Cervical Myelopathy with Acupotomy Combined with Korean Medicine Treatments: Two Clinical Cases
Yu-Kyeong Park  , Sangha Woo  , Jae Hoon Kim  , Jung Hee Lee  , Yun-Kyu Lee  , Hyun-Jong Lee  , Jae Soo Kim 
Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, College of Korean Medicine, Daegu Haany University, Daegu, Korea
*Corresponding author.
Jae Soo Kim
Email: jaice@daum.net
Received: November 28, 2020   Revised: January 19, 2021   Accepted: January 26, 2021
Abstract
The degenerative spinal cord disease cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM), and cervical myelopathy caused by trauma, can result in debilitating symptoms affecting quality of life. This study used acupotomy and other Korean medicine treatments (acupuncture, herbal medicine, and physical therapy) to improve the symptoms of CSM and cervical myelopathy. The visual analog scale, the modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association scale (mJOA scale), the Nurick grading system, and the American Spinal Injury Association impairment scale were used as the evaluation criteria to determine the effectiveness of treatment. The functional status of both patients improved from mild to moderate, with improved gait, local sensation, and level of pain. The degree of spinal cord injury remained the same. The findings of this study suggest that combined Korean medicine treatments including acupotomy may be helpful in the treatment of CSM and cervical myelopathy.
Keywords: acupotomy, cervical spondylosis, conservative treatment, Korean traditional medicine, myelopathy


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