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Effectiveness of Acupuncture as an Adjunct to Rehabilitation After Knee Arthroplasty

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified February 2012 by Tom Petersen, Back and Rehabilitation Center, Copenhagen.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00935155
First Posted: July 8, 2009
Last Update Posted: February 8, 2012
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Tom Petersen, Back and Rehabilitation Center, Copenhagen
  Purpose

No randomized trials have tested the effectiveness of acupuncture as a supplement to rehabilitation after total knee replacement. Studies from related fields, however, have shown reduction of symptoms as a result of acupuncture treatment in patients with knee pain caused by severe osteoarthritis in the knee. Furthermore, studies have reported that the need of pain medication was lower when acupuncture treatment was performed immediately after knee surgery.

The aim of this study is to test whether acupuncture can reduce pain and improve disability as a supplement to rehabilitation after total knee replacement.

One hundred and seventy patients will be allocated by drawing lots to either a treatment group receiving exercise therapy and acupuncture or a group receiving exercise therapy alone. Treatment will start 3 weeks after surgery at the latest.

Outcome of treatments will be measured at completion of treatment and at 3 months follow-up by pain- and disability questionnaires as well as the recording of walking capacity.


Condition Intervention
Total Knee Replacement Procedure: Acupuncture Procedure: exercises

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Double (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effectiveness of Acupuncture as an Adjunct to Rehabilitation After Knee Arthroplasty. A Randomized Controlled Trial.

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Further study details as provided by Tom Petersen, Back and Rehabilitation Center, Copenhagen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • pain [ Time Frame: 3 months after treatment ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • disability [ Time Frame: 3 months after treatment ]

Estimated Enrollment: 170
Study Start Date: January 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2012
Primary Completion Date: November 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Acupuncture
Acupuncture in combination with exercise therapy
Procedure: Acupuncture
Westerns style acupuncture. Twice a week for 12 weeks
Active Comparator: exercises
Coordination, mobilizing, endurance, strength
Procedure: exercises
Coordination, mobilizing, endurance, strength

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Hemi- or total knee arthroplasty.
  • 18 - 70 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Concurrent diseases that compromises treatment, i.e.hip disease, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine).
  • Bleeding disorders.
  • Heart disease or use of pacemaker.
  • Lack of patient cooperation, i.e. psychological disorders, alcoholism, problems with language).
  • Infection.

Exclusion criteria during intervention:

  • Infection.
  • Cicatrice-burst.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00935155


Contacts
Contact: Tom Petersen, PT, PhD +45 35304974 tom.petersen@suf.kk.dk
Contact: Inge Lis Goethgen, Head +45 35304950 MW53@suf.kk.dk

Locations
Denmark
Back and Rehabilitation Center Copenhagen Recruiting
Copenhagen, Denmark, 2100
Contact: Tom Petersen, PT, PhD    +45 35304974    tom.petersen@suf.kk.dk   
Contact: Inge Lis Goethgen, Head    +45 35304950    MW53@suf.kk.dk   
Principal Investigator: Tom Petersen, PT, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Back and Rehabilitation Center, Copenhagen
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Tom Petersen, PT, PhD Back and Rehabilitation Center, Copenhagen
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Tom Petersen, Physical Therapist, Back and Rehabilitation Center, Copenhagen
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00935155     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: VIFAB-727-44-2007
First Submitted: July 7, 2009
First Posted: July 8, 2009
Last Update Posted: February 8, 2012
Last Verified: February 2012

Keywords provided by Tom Petersen, Back and Rehabilitation Center, Copenhagen:
exercise therapy
Knee arthroplasty
Acupuncture Analgesia
Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee
rehabilitation