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Acupunct Med. 2013 Dec;31(4):364-7. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2013-010317. Epub 2013 Aug 21.

Clinical effect of acupuncture on cervical spondylotic radiculopathy: results of a case series.

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Department of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, , Kyoto, Japan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To observe the effectiveness of acupuncture applied to the cervical region of patients with upper extremity radicular symptoms due to cervical spondylotic radiculopathy (CSR).

METHODS:

15 subjects diagnosed with CSR and with upper extremity pain and/or paraesthesiae for 13.1±18.0 months were selected. The 15 patients had 16 affected limbs and scored a total of 17 symptom scores of pain and/or paraesthesiae. All patients were treated with acupuncture once a week for 4 weeks at up to 10 sites in the cervical paraspinal region centred on the affected area. The severity of the symptoms was recorded using a visual analogue scale (VAS) and functional evaluation was conducted using a Neck Disability Index (NDI).

RESULTS:

A significant reduction over time was seen for both mean VAS (p<0.0001) and NDI (p<0.0001). Changes were still significant at 4-week follow-up. A 50% reduction in symptoms was scored for 15 of the 17 symptoms scored.

CONCLUSIONS:

Favourable results were seen in nearly 90% of cases. These results show that acupuncture treatment to the cervical region may be effective as a conservative therapy for treating CSR.

KEYWORDS:

Acupuncture; Complementary Medicine; Pain Management

PMID:
23965301
DOI:
10.1136/acupmed-2013-010317
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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