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J Korean Med Rehabi 2018 Oct; 28(4): 81-87  
Forty-one Cases of Rotator Cuff Injuries Treated by Complex Korean Medicine Treatment: A Retrospective Review
Published online October 31, 2018
Copyright © 2018 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Gi-Eon Lee, K.M.D.*,†, Young-Ik Kim, K.M.D., Kyeong-Sang Jo, K.M.D., Si-Hoon Han, K.M.D., Min-Kyun Kim, K.M.D., Boo-Ki Min, K.M.D., Suk-Won Huh, K.M.D., Han-Bit Lim, K.M.D., Yun-Jae Jeong, K.M.D.

Department of Clinical Korean Medicine, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University*, Department of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, Daejeon Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, Daejeon Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine
Correspondence to: Gi-Eon Lee, Department of Korean Rehabilitation Medicine, Daejeon Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, 58 Munjeong-ro 48beon-gil, Seo-gu, Daejeon 35262, Korea
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Received: September 15, 2018; Revised: October 8, 2018; Accepted: October 15, 2018
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
Objectives The purpose of this study is to report the improvement of complex Korean Medicine treatment for patients with rotator cuff injuries and determine the clinical improvement by number of damaged lesion.
Methods Forty-one patients who diagnosed with rotator cuff injury were included in the retrospective study. Patients were treated with acupuncture, electroacupuncture and pharmacopuncture. Clinical outcomes were assessed using Numeric Rating Scale (NRS),Shoulder Pain and Disablity Index (SPADI) and EuroQol-5 Dimension Index (EQ-5D Index).
Results Both NRS and SPADI scores were significantly reduced after treatment (p<0.01),but EQ-5D for assessing quality of life and clinical improvement by number of damaged lesion were no significant improvement (p>0.05).
Conclusions These results show that patients with rotator cuff injuries could gain improvement from complex Korean Medicine. Further research is required to confirm the effectiveness of Korean Medicine treatment.
Keywords : Korean Traditional Medicine, Acupuncture, Rotator cuff injuries, Shoulder pain


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