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Improvement of Tetraplegia and Respiratory Symptoms with Complex Korean Medicine Treatment After Traumatic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: A Case Report

Journal of Acupuncture Research 2020년 37권 4호 p.275 ~ 280
조은별, 우현준, 조남근,
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조은별 ( Cho Eun-Byul ) - Wonkwang University College of Korean Medicine Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Medicine
우현준 ( Woo Hyeon-Jun ) - Wonkwang University College of Korean Medicine Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine
조남근 ( Cho Nam-Geun ) - Wonkwang University College of Korean Medicine Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Medicine

Abstract


This study reports the effectiveness of traditional Korean medicine in treating tetraplegia and respiratory symptoms (including dyspnea) after traumatic cervical spinal cord injury surgery. The patient was treated with complex Korean medical treatment including electroacupuncture, pharmacopuncture, and herbal medicine. The manual muscle test (expanded Medical Research Council system) was used to measure the patient’s muscle strength. The Korean version of the modified Barthel index and the functional independent measure were used to evaluate the patient’s independence in performing daily activities. Following 2 hospitalizations and treatments, the patient’s muscle strength improved > 4+ score for all joints, and the Korean version of the modified Barthel index and functional independent measure scores increased from 26 to 79 and 56 to 95, respectively. Symptoms of dyspnea, coughing, and sputum gradually improved and finally disappeared during hospitalization. This study suggests complex Korean medicine treatment may be effective in the rehabilitation of post-surgical cervical spinal cord injury patients.

키워드

dyspnea; electroacupuncture; herbal medicine; Korean traditional medicine; spinal cord injury; tetraplegia.

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