Integrative approach focusing on acupuncture in the treatment of chronic complex regional pain syndrome.
Sprague M, et al. Show all
J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Jan;17(1):67-70. Epub 2011 Jan 5.
Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center, Jacksonville, NC, USA.
BACKGROUND: Chronic complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition that leads to sympathetic nervous system involvement and trophic changes.
OBJECTIVE: This study describes the use of acupuncture in a case study of CRPS. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENT: This is a single case report of a 34-year-old patient diagnosed with CRPS.
INTERVENTION: Acupuncture treatment including acupoints along the Gallbladder, Liver, Spleen, Heart, and Kidney meridians. Self-treatment plan included a laser acupuncture pen device and disposable press needles.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), McGill Pain Questionnaire, and Sheehan Disability Scale (SDS).
RESULTS: The Patient reported a decrease in pain levels, depression, and an improved quality of life. Pretreatment SDS score of 17, a 12 on the BDI, and a 67 on the McGill Pain Questionnaire. Post-treatment SDS decreased to 4, her BDI went to 0, and her McGill Pain Questionnaire decreased to a 10.
CONCLUSIONS: More research is needed and case studies performed to support our findings.
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