To compare the relative effectiveness between manual acupuncture and electro-acupuncture on the patients with chronic tennis elbow

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To compare the relative effectiveness between manual acupuncture and electro-acupuncture on the patients with chronic tennis elbow

 

Author: Tsui, Yat-wa Paul
Title: To compare the relative effectiveness between manual acupuncture and electro-acupuncture on the patients with chronic tennis elbow
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2002
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Tennis elbow -- Treatment
Acupuncture
Arm -- Acupuncture
Elbow -- Acupuncture
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences
Pages: vi, 39 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1659012
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3308
Abstract: This is a single-blinded randomized controlled study to compare the relative effectiveness between manual acupuncture (MA) and electro-acupuncture (EA) on the patients with chronic tennis elbow. Twenty patients diagnosis with tennis elbow recruited in the study were first introduced into control group for 2 weeks waiting period. Then, they were randomly assigned into either MA or EA group for acupuncture treatment. The acupuncture points of GB34 and ST38 were used in both treatment groups. The depth of insertion was 20-30mm and the needle was manipulated manually until the patient felt a sensation of Deqi. In the MA group, the needle was retained for 20 minutes after the Deqi sensation obtained. In the EA group, electrical stimulation with 4Hz frequency was applied and treatment also lasted for 20 minutes. After 6 treatments within a 2 weeks trial, some significant differences were observed between groups favoring the electro-acupuncture in relation to pain relief (Pain visual analogue scale) and pain free hand grip strength (PFG). This study showed that electro-acupuncture is superior to manual acupuncture in treating patients with tennis elbow.

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