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Clinical Research of Warm Needle Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Protocol for Randomized, Controlled Pilot Study

  • Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Abbr : JKMR
  • 2020, 30(4), pp.155-164
  • DOI : 10.18325/jkmr.2020.30.4.155
  • Publisher : The Korean Academy Of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine
  • Received : September 10, 2020
  • Accepted : October 12, 2020
  • Published : October 31, 2020

Yeonho Seo 1 Taeoh Kim 1 Whisung Cho 1 Junhyuk Ko 1 Jonghyun Ahn 1 Soo Jeon Kim 1 Hansol Lee 1 Hokyung Chang 1 Hyungsuk Kiim 1 Kim Koh-Woon 1 Cho Jae-Heung ORD ID 1 WonSeok Chung 2 Mi-Yeon Song 3

1경희대학교 한의과대학 한방재활의학과교실
2경희대학교 한의학과 한방재활의학교실
3경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

Objectives This study is aimed to evaluate the feasibility of further clinical research of warm needle acupuncture as an effective and safe treatment for chronic low back pain. Methods Thirty participants will be randomly assigned to the Warm needle acupuncture group (n=15) and Dry needle acupuncture group (n=15). All patients will receive acupuncture therapy twice a week for 6 weeks, but only the experimental group will receive thermal stimulation. The primary outcome will be measured using the visual analogue scale for bothersomeness of low back pain, and the secondary outcome will be measured using the VAS for pain intensity, Oswestry disability index, 36-Item Short Form Health Survey, Beck's depression inventory, and amount of analgesics used. Conclusions The results of this study will be used to determine the feasibility of a future large-scale randomized controlled trial that provides clinical evidence for the efficacy and safety of warm needle acupuncture in the treatment of patients with chronic low back pain. (J Korean Med Rehabil 2020;30(4):155-164)

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