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Noh, Kim, Kim, Lee, Ryu, Kim, Lee, and Yang: Effects of Acupuncture on Acute Musculoskeletal Pain Transferred from Emergency Department: Case Report※
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Abstract

Objectives:

The aim of this study was to report the effects of acupuncture on the patients with severe acute musculoskeletal pain transferred from emergency department(ED).

Methods:

Three patients were transferred from ED of western medicine, and treated with Korean medicine treatments composed of acupuncture mainly and cupping, herbal steaming, and herbal decoction additionally.

Results:

All patients showed pain-reduction and relaxation both physically and mentally immediately after the first acupuncture treatment. In cases 1 and 2, the pain numerical rating scale(NRS) decreased after the day of admission from 8 to 4 and 10 to 2, respectively. In case 3, pain NRS also gradually decreased from 8 to 4 after three days.

Conclusion:

Acupuncture was effective for immediate pain reduction in patients with severe acute musculoskeletal pain transferred form ED. Further studies are warranted to confirm the immediate pain-reduction effect of acupuncture on acute musculoskeletal patients visiting or transferred from ED.

Fig. 1.
Changes of pain numerical rating scale (NRS) of case 1
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Fig. 2.
Changes of pain of case 1 measured with baseline evaluation, visual analogue scale(VAS), numerical rating scale(NRS), Oswestry disability index(ODI) and Rolland-Morris disability questionnaire(RMDQ) at admission and discharge(4th day of admission)
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Fig. 3.
Changes of pain numerical rating scale (NRS) of case 2
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Fig. 4.
Changes of pain of case 2 measured with baseline evaluation, visual analogue scale(VAS) and numerical rating scale(NRS) at admission and discharge(4th day of admission)
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Fig. 5.
Changes of pain numerical rating scale (NRS) of case 3 for the initial 4 days from admission
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Fig. 6.
Changes of pain of case 3 measured with baseline evaluation, visual analogue scale (VAS) and numerical rating scale(NRS) at admission and discharge(17th day of admission)
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