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J Korean Med Rehabi 2018 Oct; 28(4): 51-57  
Effectiveness of Korean Medical Treatments, Including Motion-Style-Acupuncture-Treatment Using Traction, on Inpatients with Low Back Disability: A Retrospective Chart Review
Published online October 31, 2018
Copyright © 2018 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Byeong-gu Gang, K.M.D.*, Se Hwan Jeon, K.M.D.*, Yongkyu Cho, K.M.D.*, Keunjae Lee, K.M.D.*, Youngsuk Yoon, K.M.D.*, Jongho Kim, K.M.D.*, Won Jun Lee, K.M.D.*, Subin Han, K.M.D.*, Chang Jun Kum, K.M.D., Ph.D., Wonil Koh, K.M.D., M.S.*

Departments of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation*, Oriental Neuropsychiatry, Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine
Correspondence to: Wonil Koh, Department of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation, Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, 536 Gangnam-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul 06110, Korea
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Received: September 14, 2018; Revised: September 30, 2018; Accepted: October 1, 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.
Objectives Low back disability, along with low back pain, places a significant social burden in terms of work loss and medical expenses. Motion-Style-Acupuncture-Treatment using Traction (T-MSAT) is employed as one of the conservative treatments to such conditions. In the present study, effectiveness of Korean Medical treatments, including T-MSAT, was investigated in inpatients with low back disability and low back pain.
Methods Among the patients who were admitted between January 2018 to June 2018 with disabled low back function, ones that were treated with T-MSAT were identified. Pain and function were compared at the point of admission and discharge, using Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), respectively.
Results Over the hospitalization period of 34.55 days, pain intensity significantly decreased from NRS score of 6.14 to 3.26 and low back function also significantly improved from ODI score of 50.93 to 33.73 upon receiving Korean Medical treatments including T-MSAT.
Conclusions Korean Medical treatments including T-MSAT were found to be effective in inpatients with low back disability with a statistical significance. To evaluate the sole effectiveness of T-MSAT, rigorous clinical trials are necessitated in future.
Keywords : Low back pain, Korean Traditional Medicine, Motion-Style-Acupuncture-Treatment using Traction (T-MSAT)

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