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Post-stroke Spasticity Treated by Miniscalpel-Acupuncture: Three Case Report
J Korean Med Rehabil 2018;28:145-52
Published online January 31, 2018;  https://doi.org/10.18325/jkmr.2018.28.1.145
Copyright © 2018 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Sang-Hoon Yoon, K.M.D., Hee-Guen Jo, K.M.D., Min-Yeong Song, K.M.D.*

Chung-Yeon Medical Institute, Jangsu-gun Health Center and County Hospital*
Correspondence to: Hee-Geun Jo, Chung-Yeon Medical Institute, 64 Sangmujungang-ro, Seo-gu, Gwangju 61949, Korea
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Received November 6, 2017; Revised November 15, 2017; Accepted November 20, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
Post-stroke spasticity is a common complication that can be deleterious to the daily living function and quality of life of stroke survivor. This case report was conducted to introduce the use of miniscalpel-acupuncture as a novel method for the treatment of post-stroke spasticiy in three patients with chronic stroke. Patients received miniscalpel-acpuncuture treatment for 4∼7 session. The flexor digitorum brevis, pronator teres, pronator quadratus, brachioradialis, tibialis posterior, gastrocnemius on the affected side were needled. The main outcome were the Modified Ashworth Scale (MAS) muscle spasticity score and the range of motion. The evaluation indices were measured after the initiation of treatment and after treatment. After miniscalpel-acupuncture session, three patients improved as indicated in the MAS grade and range of motion. This retrospective case report presents miniscalpel-acupuncture as a potentially effective approach in Korean medicine rehabilitation treatment of post-stroke spasticity. Further research is needed to confirm these findings.
Keywords : Post-stroke Spasticity, Miniscalpel-acupuncture, Rehabilitation, Case report


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