Effects of Acupuncture on Acute Musculoskeletal Pain Transferred from Emergency Department: Case Report

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J Korean Acupunct Moxib Soc. 2013;30(5):235-246
Publication date (electronic) : 2013 December 20
doi : https://doi.org/10.13045/acupunct.2013063
1Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, Pusan National University Korean Medicine Hospital
2Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University
3Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine, Pusan National University
4Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Pusan National University

This study was supported by a clinical research grant from Pusan National University Hospital in 2013

*Corresponding author : Department of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, 49 Busandaehak-ro, Mulgeum-eup, Yangsan-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, 626-870, Republic of Korea, Tel : +82-55-360-5963, E-mail: ygy@pnu.edu
Received 2013 November 11; Revised 2013 November 27; Accepted 2013 November 27.

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

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)

Fig. 3.

Changes of pain numerical rating scale (NRS) of case 2

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)

Fig. 5.

Changes of pain numerical rating scale (NRS) of case 3 for the initial 4 days from admission

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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Fig. 1.

Changes of pain numerical rating scale (NRS) of case 1

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)

Fig. 3.

Changes of pain numerical rating scale (NRS) of case 2

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)

Fig. 5.

Changes of pain numerical rating scale (NRS) of case 3 for the initial 4 days from admission

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)