Contralateral Acupuncture in the Treatment of Chronic Shoulder Pain
According to traditional Chinese medical theories, a variety of acupuncture formulas can treat diseases such as pain. For example, stimulating acupoints either local or distal to the pain site has been proposed under some conditions. We hypothesize that stimulating acupoints contralateral to the pain site can successfully treat chronic shoulder pain.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Phase II Study of Contralateral Acupuncture in the Treatment of Chronic Shoulder Pain|
- Visual analogue scale (VAS) [ Time Frame: before and 2, 4, 8 and 16 weeks after treatment start ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Pain assessment
- The MOS item short from health survey (SF-36) [ Time Frame: before and 8 and 16 weeks after treatment start ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Quality of life assessment
- Constant-Murley score [ Time Frame: before and 2, 4, 8 and 16 weeks after treatment start ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]shoulder motion score
- DASH score [ Time Frame: before and 2, 4, 8 and 16 weeks after treatment start ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||September 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||August 2013|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Acupuncture in the following acupoints on the contralateral side of pain site: Jiantong, Zhongzhu, Houxi, and Quchi. The patient will receive 5 treatments (each lasts 30 min) per week for four weeks.
Sham Comparator: Waiting list
Patients in the waiting list group received conventional orthopaedic therapy including physical exercise, heat or cold therapy. 50 mg diclofenac daily could be taken when the patient suffered from the pain. Injections or cortisone applications of any kind were not allowed.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01733914
|Province Hospital of Integrative Chinese and Western Medicine, Sichuan|
|Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 100191|
|Principal Investigator:||Ming Yi, PhD||Peking University|