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J Korean Med Rehabi 2018 Oct; 28(4): 71-79  
The Correlation between Korean Medical Treatment on Degenerative Meniscus Tear and Kellgren-Lawrence-grade, Body Mass Index
Published online October 31, 2018
Copyright © 2018 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Gi-Eon Lee, K.M.D.*,†, Geon-Yeong Lee, K.M.D., Si-Hoon Han, K.M.D., Gook-Beom Kim, K.M.D.,Hyo-Jun Kim, K.M.D., Jae-Won Jang, K.M.D.§, Youngwoo Jang, K.M.D., Jae-Heung Cho, K.M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Clinical Korean Medicine, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University*, Department of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, Daejeon Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, Department of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, Chung-Yeon Korean Medicine Hospital, Departments of Korean Internal Medicine§, Korean Opthalmology, Otolaryngology and Dermatology, Daejeon Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, Department of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University
Correspondence to: Geon-Yeong Lee, Department of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, Chung-Yeon Korean Medicine Hospital, 64 Sangmujungang-ro, Seo-gu, Gwangju 61949, Korea
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Received: August 21, 2018; Revised: October 4, 2018; Accepted: October 8, 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 The aim of this study is to observe the effectiveness of complex Korean medicine treatment applied to the patients with degenerative meniscal tear and the correlation among clinical effectiveness, body mass index (BMI) and Kellgren-Lawrence grade (KL-grade).
Methods The study participants were 38 patients who had been diagnosed with degener-ativemeniscal tear. Participants were classified by BMI, KL-grade and treated with acupuncture,electroacupuncture and pharmacopuncture. Clinical outcomes were assessed using Numeric Rating Scale (NRS), Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC Index) and EuroQol-5 Dimension Index (EQ-5D Index).
Results Both NRS and WOMAC scores were significantly reduced after treatment (p<0.001). The EQ-5D for assessing quality of life showed further improvement (p<0.05). A statistically significant correlation was observed between the BMI and NRS, EQ-5D.KL-grade was correlated with WOMAC.
Conclusions These results show that complex Korean medicine treatment to the patient with degenerative meniscal tear may be effective as a conservative therapy. Further research is required to confirm the effectiveness of Korean medicine treatment.
Keywords : Acupuncture, Traditional Korean Medicine, Osteoarthritis of knee, Meniscus tear

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