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Comparison of Efficacy between Acupuncture Treatment and Collaborative Treatment with Prednisolone on Acute Bell's Palsy

  • Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Abbr : JKMR
  • 2013, 23(3), pp.125-132
  • Publisher : The Korean Academy Of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine

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ABSTRACT

Objectives The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of acupuncture treatmentwith those of collaborative treatment regarding acute Bell's palsy. Methods Twenty-six patients who received outpatient treatment between March 2012and February 2013 were divided into 2 groups. The East-West treatment group (EWgroup, n=12) received prednisolone and then acupuncture afterwards. The Eastern treatmentgroup (E group, n=14) received just acupuncture. Acupuncture was administered 3to 4 times a week, and both groups were educated to practice facial muscle exercises athome. Evaluations were made before treatment, after 1 week, 2 weeks, and 3 weeks usingthe House-Brackmann facial nerve grading system. Results Compared to before treatment, the House-Brackmann grades of both EW andE groups after 1, 2 and 3 weeks of treatment significantly decreased (p<0.05). Regardinggroup comparison, the House-Brackmann grade of the EW group was significantly lowerthan the E group at 1 week (p=0.043), but there was no significant difference at 2 and 3weeks. Regarding improvement of House-Brackmann grades, there was no significant differencebetween the two groups at 1, 2 and 3 weeks (p>0.05). Conclusions Compared to just acupuncture treatment, collaborative treatment withprednisolone significantly improved the House-Brackmann grade after 1 week, but therewas no difference as time passed. Because early intervention determines the prognosis ofBell's palsy, collaborative treatment at the early stage will be clinically helpful to patients.

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