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Miniscalpel Needle Therapy with Integrative Korean Medical Treatment for Carpal Tunnel or Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: Case Series of Three Patients

  • Kim, Jae Ik (Dept. of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, College of Korean Medicine, Daejeon University) ;
  • Kim, Hye Su (Dept. of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, College of Korean Medicine, Daejeon University) ;
  • Park, Gi Nam (Dept. of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, College of Korean Medicine, Daejeon University) ;
  • Jeon, Ju Hyon (Dept. of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, College of Korean Medicine, Daejeon University) ;
  • Kim, Jung Ho (Dept. of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, College of Korean Medicine, Daejeon University) ;
  • Kim, Young Il (Dept. of Acupuncture & Moxibustion, College of Korean Medicine, Daejeon University)
  • Received : 2017.07.08
  • Accepted : 2017.08.09
  • Published : 2017.08.20

Abstract

Objectives : This study reports the clinical effects of miniscalpel needle therapy in patients with carpal tunnel or tarsal tunnel syndrome. Methods : Three patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) or tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) (first case, patient with CTS and TTS; second case, patient with CTS; and third case, patient with TTS) were treated with miniscalpel needle (MSN) therapy and integrative Korean medical treatment. The Numeric Rating Scale (NRS), Neuropathic Pain Scale (NPS), Boston scale score, and AOFAS (American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society) ankle-hindfoot score were measured. Results : In general, outcome measures after treatment showed improvement in all cases. In the first case (CTS and TTS), scores on the NRS, NPS, and Boston scale decreased, and AOFAS ankle-hind foot scores increased. In addition, Tinel's sign showed improvement. In the second case (CTS), scores on the NRS, NPS, and Boston scale, and Tinel's sign, were decreased. In the third case (TTS), scores on the NRS and NPS, and Tinel's sign, showed improvement, and AOFAS ankle-hind foot scores were increased. Conclusion : These results suggest that MSN therapy has a meaningful clinical effect in CTS and TTS.

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