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Korean Medicine Therapy to Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament with Meniscal Tears: Report of 4 Cases

  • Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Abbr : JKMR
  • 2018, 28(1), pp.175-184
  • Publisher : The Korean Academy Of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine
  • Received : December 26, 2017
  • Accepted : January 15, 2018

Gi-Eon Lee 1 Da-Young Byun 1 Si-Hoon Han 1 Hyung-Jin Yoo 1 Jin-Hyun Lee 2

1대전자생한방병원
2청양군 보건의료원

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to report the effectiveness of complex Korean Medicine treatment for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries with meniscus tear. Four patients were treated with complex Korean Medicine by acupuncture, pharmacopuncture and herbal medication. We evaluated the improvement of knee pain and function by Numeric Rating Scale (NRS), Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC Index), EuroQol-5 Dimension Index (EQ-5D Index). After treatment, we found that knee pain was reduced and joint function was improved by NRS and WOMAC index in all cases. In the evaluation of health-related quality of life through EQ-5D index, there was no significant difference in patients with degenerative knee osteoarthritis and severe meniscal injury. This results show that complex Korean Medicine may be an effective option for ACL injuries with meniscus tear. Further clinical studies are needed to clarify the effect of Korean Medicine therapy on ACL injuries with meniscus tear. (J Korean Med Rehabil 2018;28(1):175-184)

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