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Korean Medicine Therapy to Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament with Meniscal Tears: Report of 4 Cases
J Korean Med Rehabil 2018;28:175-84
Published online January 31, 2018;
Copyright © 2018 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Gi-Eon Lee, K.M.D., Da-Young Byun, K.M.D., Si-Hoon Han, K.M.D., Hyung-Jin Yoo, K.M.D., Jin-Hyun Lee, K.M.D.*

Department of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, Daejeon Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, Cheongyang Public Health Center
Correspondence to: Jin-Hyun Lee, Cheongyang Public Health Center, 54 Chilgapsan-ro 7-gil, Cheongyang-eup, Cheongyang 33324, Korea
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Received December 26, 2017; Revised January 8, 2018; Accepted January 15, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The purpose of this study is to report the effectiveness of complex Korean Medicine treatment for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries with meniscus tear. Four patients were treated with complex Korean Medicine by acupuncture, pharmacopuncture and herbal medication. We evaluated the improvement of knee pain and function by Numeric Rating Scale (NRS), Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC Index), EuroQol-5 Dimension Index (EQ-5D Index). After treatment, we found that knee pain was reduced and joint function was improved by NRS and WOMAC index in all cases. In the evaluation of health-related quality of life through EQ-5D index, there was no significant difference in patients with degenerative knee osteoarthritis and severe meniscal injury. This results show that complex Korean Medicine may be an effective option for ACL injuries with meniscus tear. Further clinical studies are needed to clarify the effect of Korean Medicine therapy on ACL injuries with meniscus tear.
Keywords : Acupuncture, Korean Medicine, Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Meniscus

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