Acupuncture for Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ta-Sen Wei,MD, Changhua Christian Hospital Identifier:
First received: July 12, 2012
Last updated: July 25, 2012
Last verified: July 2012

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.

Condition Intervention
Shoulder Pain in Hemiplegic Side After Stroke
Procedure: acupuncture
Procedure: TENS
Procedure: sham acupuncture

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Changhua Christian Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • shoulder pain degrees [ Time Frame: 10 days after first intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    pain VAS in passive shoulder ROM

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • shoulder ROM [ Time Frame: 10 days after first intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    passive shoulder ROM (abduction, ER)

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: July 2011
Study Completion Date: June 2012
Primary Completion Date: March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
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.
Procedure: acupuncture

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.
Procedure: TENS
Sham Comparator: sham-acupuncutre
The Park's Sham Device were placed on the Juanyu (Li15) & Jugu (Li16).
Procedure: sham acupuncture


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Stroke within 6 months from onset
  • Hemiplegia with shoulder pain (VAS > 2)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • previous pathology of the shoulder or cardiac pacemaker, and cognition problems
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01650207

Changhua Christian Hospital
Taiwan, Changhua, Taiwan, 500
Sponsors and Collaborators
Changhua Christian Hospital
Principal Investigator: Tasen Wei Physical Medical and Rehabilitation, Changhua Christian Hospital
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Responsible Party: Ta-Sen Wei,MD, Director, Physical Medical and Rehabilitation, Principal Investigator, Clinical Professor, Changhua Christian Hospital Identifier: NCT01650207     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CCH-110410
Study First Received: July 12, 2012
Last Updated: July 25, 2012
Health Authority: Taiwan: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Changhua Christian Hospital:
shoulder disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Shoulder Pain
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on November 27, 2015