Effects of the Embedding Acupuncture Treatments for Chronic Low Back Pain Patients

척추세움근 매선침치료가 만성요통환자에 미치는 효과

  • Yoo, Duk-Joo (Department of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung-Hee University) ;
  • Jung, Jae-Young (Department of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung-Hee University) ;
  • Chung, Seok-Hee (Department of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung-Hee University)
  • 유덕주 (경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실) ;
  • 정재영 (경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실) ;
  • 정석희 (경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실)
  • Received : 2015.09.16
  • Accepted : 2015.10.12
  • Published : 2015.10.31


Objectives To investigate clinical effects of needle embedding acupuncture treatments for chronic low back pain patients. Methods 30 patients with chronic low back pain were recruited and randomized into two groups-the embedding acupuncture group or the placebo. At baseline, the age, height, weight, visual analogue scale (VAS), Oswestry disability index (ODI) scores were measured. And surface electromyography (SEMG) data of both erector spinae at L2, L4 level were also measured on both groups and asymmetry index (AI) were calculated. The embedding or placebo acupuncture treatment was performed on the erector spinae according to SEMG values; immediately after the first evaluation and 48 hours after the first visit. After 96 hours of intervention, the VAS, ODI score and SEMG of both erector spinae were measured again. Statistical significance was determined using the Wilcoxon signed ranks test or the Wilcoxon rank sum test. Results The mean VAS, ODI score after treatment was decreased significantly compared with baseline on both groups. And the VAS, ODI score and AI of the embedding acupuncture group was more decreased significantly than the placebo (p<0.05). Conclusions The results suggest that embedding acupuncture for chronic low back pain patients was effective on the VAS pain score, ODI score and AI of the erector spinae.


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