Acupuncture for Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain has been reported to be one of the most common complications after stroke. Several factors have been related to shoulder pain after stroke such as paralysis, restricted range of motion in the shoulder, spasticity, sensory abnormalities, but the relationship between these factors and pain was not discussed.
The aim of this study is to identify the efficacy of electroacupuncture in reducing upper limbs spasticity and shoulder pain in stroke patients, and to evaluate the quality of life (QOL) for stroke patients.
Shoulder Pain in Hemiplegic Side After Stroke
Procedure: sham acupuncture
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
- shoulder pain degrees [ Time Frame: 10 days after first intervention ]pain VAS in passive shoulder ROM
- shoulder ROM [ Time Frame: 10 days after first intervention ]passive shoulder ROM (abduction, ER)
|Study Start Date:||July 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: EA group
To acupuncture the Juanyu (Li15) & Jugu (Li16) with sensation of de-qi, and then give 50 Hz electrical stimulation for 20 minutes.
All participants were received regular rehabilitation program, and received different interventions.
treatment frequency: 20 minutes per session, once daily, 5 times a week for 2 weeks
Experimental: TENS group
The electrical patches were placed on the Juanyu (Li15) & Jugu (Li16) or Juanyu (Li15), Quchi (Li11), Shousanli (Li10) & Hegu (Li4), connected to a TENS apparatus and then give 50 Hz electrical stimulation for 20 minutes.
Sham Comparator: sham-acupuncutre
The Park's Sham Device were placed on the Juanyu (Li15) & Jugu (Li16).
|Procedure: sham acupuncture|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01650207
|Changhua Christian Hospital|
|Taiwan, Changhua, Taiwan, 500|
|Principal Investigator:||Tasen Wei||Physical Medical and Rehabilitation, Changhua Christian Hospital|