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Treatment of Complaints Following Sports Injuries With Traditional Chinese Medicine

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02725697
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : April 1, 2016
Last Update Posted : May 2, 2017
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sabine Klein, Swiss Professional Organization for Traditional Chinese Medicine

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this observational study is to investigate the treatment of complaints following sports injuries with Traditional Chinese Medicine by therapists in Switzerland.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Athletic Injuries Other: TCM treatment

Detailed Description:

In Switzerland, still very little is known about the treatment with TCM (acupuncture, Chinese medicinal therapy, Tuina massage, nutrition, qigong) under everyday conditions. The importance of non-medical therapists in the healthcare system is rarely investigated. It is likely that patients with chronic injuries use several therapies (including conventional medicine) in a pragmatic way. They may apply TCM either due to primary preference or because other forms of therapy fail to produce satisfactory results.

There is evidence from randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews that acupuncture can be effective in the treatment of acute and chronic back pain, chronic shoulder pain and ankle sprains.

Randomized controlled trials usually investigate a single TCM method, in which therapists or physicians are limited in the selection of acupuncture points or herbal formulas. This does not reflect the complex practice, where several TCM methods and auxiliary techniques are combined.

The investigators aim to investigate in a prospective observational study how complaints following sports injuries are treated by non-medical TCM therapists in Switzerland under everyday conditions.


Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Treatment of Acute and Chronic Complaints Following Sports Injuries With Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) by Therapists in Switzerland - a Prospective Observational Study
Study Start Date : April 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 2019

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Sports Injuries

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
TCM treatment
TCM treatment (e.g. acupuncture, Tuina massage, Chinese herbal medicine, moxibustion, electroacupuncture, ear acupuncture)
Other: TCM treatment



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. change in minimal and maximal pain [ Time Frame: first treatment, last treatment (max. 3 months) ]
    visual analogue scale (0-10)

  2. change in limitation during sports [ Time Frame: first treatment, last treatment (max. 3 months) ]
    visual analogue scale (0-10)


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. medication intake [ Time Frame: first treatment, last treatment (max. 3 months) ]
  2. patient satisfaction with therapy [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    6 point Likert scale

  3. number of therapeutic sessions [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  4. TCM methods applied [ Time Frame: 3 months ]


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients seeking TCM treatment due to complaints following sports injuries.
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • minimum of 3 hours sports per week
  • complaints following sports injury
  • first TCM treatment for this complaint

Exclusion Criteria:

  • rheumatic disease
  • arthrosis
  • previous TCM treatment for this complaint

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02725697


Contacts
Contact: Sabine D Klein, PhD +41788023300 praxis@effipunktur.ch

Locations
Switzerland
Poliklinik für Chinesische Medizin Recruiting
Horgen, ZH, Switzerland, 8810
Contact: David Mück    044 728 18 18    tcm@see-spital.ch   
Praxis für TCM Recruiting
Zürich, ZH, Switzerland, 8004
Contact: Andrea Kohler    +41 (0) 78 806 28 08    praxis@andreakohler.ch   
proSANUS Recruiting
Zürich, ZH, Switzerland, 8008
Contact: Claudia Suleck    079 537 10 24    tcm@pro-sanus.com   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sabine Klein
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Sabine D Klein, PhD Swiss Professional Organization for Traditional Chinese Medicine

Additional Information:
Publications:
Responsible Party: Sabine Klein, Head of Research Working Group, Swiss Professional Organization for Traditional Chinese Medicine
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02725697     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SBO-TCM 001
First Posted: April 1, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 2, 2017
Last Verified: May 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Athletic Injuries