Shoulder pain has been reported to be one of the most common complications after stroke. Several factors have been related to shoulder pain after stroke such as paralysis, restricted range of motion in the shoulder, spasticity, sensory abnormalities, but the relationship between these factors and pain was not discussed.
The aim of this study is to identify the efficacy of electroacupuncture in reducing upper limbs spasticity and shoulder pain in stroke patients, and to evaluate the quality of life (QOL) for stroke patients.
- Acupuncture Device
Intervention Desc: All participants were received regular rehabilitation program, and received different interventions. treatment frequency: 20 minutes per session, once daily, 5 times a week for 2 weeks ARM 1: Kind: Experimental Label: EA group Description: To acupuncture the Juanyu (Li15) & Jugu (Li16) with sensation of de-qi, and then give 50 Hz electrical stimulation for 20 minutes.
- Sham acupuncture Procedure
ARM 1: Kind: Experimental Label: sham-acupuncutre Description: The Park's Sham Device were placed on the Juanyu (Li15) & Jugu (Li16).
- TENS Device
ARM 1: Kind: Experimental Label: TENS group Description: The electrical patches were placed on the Juanyu (Li15) & Jugu (Li16) or Juanyu (Li15), Quchi (Li11), Shousanli (Li10) & Hegu (Li4), connected to a TENS apparatus and then give 50 Hz electrical stimulation for 20 minutes.
- Allocation: Randomized
- Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
- Purpose: Treatment
- Endpoint: Safety/Efficacy Study
- Intervention: Factorial Assignment
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||shoulder pain degrees||10 days after first intervention||Yes|
|Secondary||shoulder ROM||10 days after first intervention||Yes|