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Abstract Title:

[Clinical observation on acupuncture combined with nerve block for treatment of lumbar disc herniation].

Abstract Source:

Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2010 Aug;30(8):633-6. PMID: 20942278

Abstract Author(s):

Mei Qu, Xiao-ning Ding, Hong-bing Liu, Yan-qing Liu

Article Affiliation:

Department of Rehabilitation and Pain, Beijing Tiantan Hospital Affiliated to Capital Medical University, Beijing 100050, China.

Abstract:

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the therapeutic effects of acupuncture combined with nerve block for treatment of lumbar disc herniation.

METHODS: Ninety cases of lumbar disc herniation were randomly divided into three groups: acupuncture combined with nerve block group, acupuncture group and nerve block group, 30 cases in each group. The acupuncture combined with nerve block group was treated with acupuncture combined with nerve block therapy, L2-L5 Jiaji (EX-B 2), Zhibian (BL 54), Huantiao (GB 30), Yanglingquan (GB 34) etc. were selected for acupuncture, affected nerve root, sciatic nerve or common peroneal nerve were selected for nerve block with anti-inflammation-analgesic injection; the acupuncture group was treated with acupuncture only; the nerve block group was treated with nerve block only. After 4 weeks of treatment, the visual analogue scale (VAS), Oswestry lumbar dysfunction index (ODI) and modified MacNab standard were compared to evaluate the therapeutic effects of three groups.

RESULTS: The VAS and ODI in all groups were significantly decreased after one week, two weeks and four weeks of treatment (all P<0.01); after one week of treatment, the scores of VAS and ODI in nerve block group and acupuncture combined with nerve block group were significantly lower than those of acupuncture group (P<0.05); after two weeks and four weeks of treatment, the scores of VAS and ODI in acupuncture combined with nerve block group were significantly lower than those of acupuncture group and nerve block group (P<0.05). The effective rate and excellent and good rate of the acupuncture combined with nerve block group were significantly higher than those of acupuncture group and nerve block group (both P<0.01).

CONCLUSION: The nerve block therapy and acupuncture are effective methods for treatment of lumbar disc herniation, while it has a better effect when these two treatments are combined used.

Study Type : Human Study

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