Acupuncture for Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain

Completed

Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

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.

Conditions

Interventions

  • 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 Procedure
    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.

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
  • Purpose: Treatment
  • Endpoint: Safety/Efficacy Study
  • Intervention: Factorial Assignment

Outcomes

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

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