Abstract: Integrative approach focusing on acupuncture in the treatment of chronic complex regional pain syndrome.

 

Integrative approach focusing on acupuncture in the treatment of chronic complex regional pain syndrome.

Authors

Sprague M, et al. Show all

Journal

J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Jan;17(1):67-70. Epub 2011 Jan 5.

Affiliation

Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center, Jacksonville, NC, USA.

Abstract

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.

PMID

21208130 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

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