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A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Eastern-Western Integrative Medicine for Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Abbr : JKMR
  • 2011, 21(4), pp.87-96
  • Publisher : The Korean Academy Of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine

이승진 1 Shin, Byung Cheul ORD ID 1 송근성 ORD ID 1 윤영주 1 Hyun Woo Cho 1 Hwang Eui-hyoung 1

1부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

Objectives :This study aims to systematically evaluate the effectiveness of Eastern-Western integrative medicine for musculoskeletal disorders compared with Eastern or Western Medicine. Methods :Systematic searches of 9 major Korean databases were conducted for articles published up to July 2011. Searching keyword was “Integrative Medicine”. Prospective studies dealt with musculoskeletal disorders by Eastern-Western integrative medicine were included. Quality assessment of included studies was evaluated by Cochrane risk of bias tool. Results :470 studies in total were searched. Among them, 7 studies met our inclusion criteria(3 randomized controlled clinical trials, 2 non-randomized controlled trials and 2 uncontrolled clinical trials). Included studies dealt with lumbar pain(3), shoulder pain(2), pain after traffic injury(1), spinal compression fracture(1). Eastern-Western integrative medicine showed better or equal effect for the treatment of various musculoskeletal disorders compared with Eastern or Western medicine alone. Conclusions :There is very weak evidence for the effectiveness of Eastern-Western integrative medicine for musculoskeletal disorders compared with Eastern or Western medicine alone. Well designed randomized controlled trials with rigorous methodology are needed to evaluate the effectiveness of Eastern-Western integrative medicine objectively in the future.

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