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The Effects of Korean Medical Treatment Combined with Acupotomy on Patients with a Herniated Intervertebral Disc of the Lumbar Spine: a Retrospective Study

요추 추간판 탈출증에 도침치료를 병행한 한의학적 복합치료 효과에 대한 후향적 연구

  • Kim, Jae Hong (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Dong-Shin University) ;
  • Jang, Yeo Jin (Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Dong-Shin University) ;
  • Park, Ju Hyung (Clinical Trials Center, Gwangju Korean Medicine Hospital of Dong-Shin University) ;
  • You, Young Nim (Clinical Trials Center, Gwangju Korean Medicine Hospital of Dong-Shin University)
  • 김재홍 (동신대학교 한의과대학 침구의학교실) ;
  • 장여진 (동신대학교 한의과대학 침구의학교실) ;
  • 박주형 (동신대학교 부속광주한방병원 임상시험센터) ;
  • 유영님 (동신대학교 부속광주한방병원 임상시험센터)
  • Received : 2015.02.09
  • Accepted : 2015.03.10
  • Published : 2015.03.20

Abstract

Objectives : The purpose of this study was to investigate the clinical effects of Korean medical treatments combined with acupotomy on patients diagnosed with a herniated intervertebral disc of the lumbar spine. Methods : We reviewed the medical records of twenty in patients diagnosed with a herniated intervertebral disc of the lumbar spine. They had received Korean medical treatment combined with acupotomy on tender points in the gluteus minimus muscle and piriformis muscle at Gwangju Korean Medicine Hospital of Dong-Shin University from April, 2014 to December, 2014. To evaluate the efficacy of the treatments, the twenty in patients were asked to complete the Numerical Rating Scale(NRS) and the Oswestry Disability Index(ODI) before acupotomy, the first day after acupotomy, the third day after acupotomy, and the fifth day after acupotomy. Results : 1. NRS significantly decreased from $6.15{\pm}1.27$ to $3.90{\pm}1.45$. 2. ODI significantly decreased from $23.64{\pm}8.76$ to $15.95{\pm}7.35$. Conclusions : Korean medical treatment combined with acupotomy on tender points in the gluteus minimus muscle and piriformis muscle might be effective in reducing pain and improving the life quality of patients with a herniated intervertebral disc of the lumbar spine. We hope that further studies will be done to produce more clinical data and ensure effective application of these results.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : Dongshin University

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