publication . Article . 2014

A novel and effective acupuncture modality as a complementary therapy to acute pain relief in inpatients with rib fractures

Ming-Chieh Li; Shih-Ching Kang; Chao-Wei Chen; Hsin-Yi Ho; Ko-Hung Lee; Erh-Hao Liu; Yu-Pao Hsu;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2014 Journal: Biomedical Journal (issn: 2319-4170, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Background: Pain control has been emphasized as a priority for both practitioners and inpatients with rib fractures, since analgesia could only offer limited relief from severe pain. A prospective and randomized controlled trial was conducted to analyze the efficacy and efficiency of acupuncture in acute pain relief for inpatients with rib fractures. Methods: A total of 58 inpatients were recruited and allocated to two groups, receiving identical doses of conventional oral analgesics as well as filiform needles as treatment and thumbtack intradermal (TI) needles placed upon the skin surface as a control, respectively, via novel acupuncture modality once daily fo...
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