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Acupuncture's Efficacy and Safety in Axial Spondyloarthritis within 4 Weeks Session : a Randomized, Double-blind, Sham-controlled Trial

  • Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Abbr : JKMR
  • 2012, 22(4), pp.23-36
  • Publisher : The Korean Academy Of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine

조종현 1 권정주 2 SONG YUN KYUNG 3 Lim Hyung Ho 3 BAEk, Han Joo ORD ID 3

1가천대학교 의학전문대학원
2가천대학교부속 길한방병원 한방재활의학과
3가천대학교

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ABSTRACT

Objectives :To evaluate the clinical effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in patients with axial spondyloarthritis. Methods :A randomized, double-blinded, sham controlled, parallel group trial. Random allocation was done under blocked randomization with allocation concealment by opaque sequentially numbered sealed envelopes. Participants Conducted between November 2011 and February 2013, participants were recruited from the outpatients of department of rheumatology in Gil hospital who were diagnosed with axial spondyloarthritis by rheumatologists under ASAS(assessment in ankylosing spondylitis) classification criteria. Intervention Active acupuncture and sham control group were made. Each participant in that group took 8 sessions of acupuncture in 4 weeks, twice per a week. Usual medical treatments were attained independently during whole session. Results :10 participants were analyzed. 6 were allocated in treatment group and 4 went sham control group. Acupuncture showed significant reduce on visual analogue scale of low back pain at 4th week.(p=0.021) but failed to show superiority on control. Harms 1 participant(16.5%) from acupuncture group complained of mild local pain. Conclusions :Acupuncture is able to reduce low back pain with axial spondyloarthritis but it could be placebo effect.

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