Author: Ren XM, Wang M, Shen XY, Wang LZ, Zhao L.
Affiliation: Acupuncture and Tuina College, Shanghai University of TCM, Shanghai 201203, China. email@example.com
Conference/Journal: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu.
Date published: 2010 Dec
Other: Volume ID: 30 , Issue ID: 12 , Pages: 977-81 , Special Notes: [Article in Chinese] , Word Count: 162
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effects of combined laser on patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) of yang deficiency and cold coagulation type.
METHODS: Forty-one cases with knee OA of yang deficiency and cold coagulation type were randomly divided into a combined laser group (n = 22) and a red light group (n = 19), with combined laser and red light irradiation on Dubi (ST 35) and Neixiyan (EX-LE 4), respectively. They were treated for 6 weeks. The scores of Western Ontario and McMaster Universities' Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC VA3. 1) were used for assessment of therapeutic effects.
RESULTS: After treatment for 2 weeks and 6 weeks, the WOMAC scores significantly decreased in the two groups as compared with those before treatment (P < 0.05, P < 0.01 and P < 0.001). The mean improvement rate of WOMAC scores in the combined laser group was better than those in the red light group.
CONCLUSION: Combined laser irradiation can improve the pain, stiffness and functional limitation of patients with knee OA of yang deficiency and cold coagulation type.