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Contralateral Acupuncture in the Treatment of Chronic Shoulder Pain

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01733914
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 27, 2012
Last Update Posted : April 14, 2015
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
University of Maryland, College Park
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ming Yi, PhD, principle investigator, Peking University

Brief Summary:
According to traditional Chinese medical theories, a variety of acupuncture formulas can treat diseases such as pain. For example, stimulating acupoints either local or distal to the pain site has been proposed under some conditions. We hypothesize that stimulating acupoints contralateral to the pain site can successfully treat chronic shoulder pain.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Shoulder Pain Procedure: Acupuncture Other: Control Phase 2

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 80 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II Study of Contralateral Acupuncture in the Treatment of Chronic Shoulder Pain
Study Start Date : September 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2013

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MedlinePlus related topics: Acupuncture

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Acupuncture
Experimental group
Procedure: Acupuncture
Acupuncture in the following acupoints on the contralateral side of pain site: Jiantong, Zhongzhu, Houxi, and Quchi. The patient will receive 5 treatments (each lasts 30 min) per week for four weeks.

Sham Comparator: Waiting list
Control group
Other: Control
Patients in the waiting list group received conventional orthopaedic therapy including physical exercise, heat or cold therapy. 50 mg diclofenac daily could be taken when the patient suffered from the pain. Injections or cortisone applications of any kind were not allowed.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Visual analogue scale (VAS) [ Time Frame: before and 2, 4, 8 and 16 weeks after treatment start ]
    Pain assessment


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. The MOS item short from health survey (SF-36) [ Time Frame: before and 8 and 16 weeks after treatment start ]
    Quality of life assessment

  2. Constant-Murley score [ Time Frame: before and 2, 4, 8 and 16 weeks after treatment start ]
    shoulder motion score

  3. DASH score [ Time Frame: before and 2, 4, 8 and 16 weeks after treatment start ]


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Ages Eligible for Study:   25 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Uni-lateral shoulder pain for 6 weeks to 2 years
  • VAS score ≤ 50
  • 25-65 years of age
  • Positive Neer's or Hawkins' signs
  • Accept the informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Shoulder pain of neurological origins
  • Shoulder pain of neck origins
  • Systematic arthritis
  • Wrist problems
  • Previous shoulder, arm, neck or chest fractures or surgeries
  • Mental diseases
  • Pregnancy
  • Inability to work for more than 3 months before treatment
  • Diabetes
  • Coagulative dysfunction
  • Corticosterone or physicotherapy experience on the affected shoulder in the last 6 months
  • Failure to accept the informed consent

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01733914


Locations
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China, Sichuan
Province Hospital of Integrative Chinese and Western Medicine, Sichuan
Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 100191
Sponsors and Collaborators
Peking University
University of Maryland, College Park
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Ming Yi, PhD Peking University
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Ming Yi, PhD, principle investigator, Dr, Peking University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01733914    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2007CB512501
First Posted: November 27, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 14, 2015
Last Verified: May 2014
Keywords provided by Ming Yi, PhD, principle investigator, Peking University:
shoulder pain
acupuncture
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Shoulder Pain
Arthralgia
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Pain
Neurologic Manifestations