Additional therapeutic effects of electroacupuncture in conjunction with conventional rehabilitation for patients with first-ever ischaemic stroke

Ru Lan Hsieh, Liang Yi Wang, Wen Chung Lee

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Objective: This study examined the additional therapeutic effects of electroacupuncture for patients with first-ever ischaemic stroke. Design: Randomized controlled study. Subjects: A total of 63 patients with first-ever ischaemic stroke. Methods: The study and control groups underwent a conventional rehabilitation program, with the former receiving an additional 8 courses of electroacupuncture over a period of one month. Therapeutic effects were assessed by the Fugl-Meyer Assessment for motor performance and the Functional Independence Measure (FIM™) for the independence of functional performance at 2 and 4 weeks after treatment, and 3 months and 6 months after stroke. Results: For total Fugl-Meyer Assessment score, improvement was more significant for the study group relative to the control group at 2 weeks (16.2 vs 10.6; p = 0.047) and 4 weeks after treatment (27.4 vs 17.1; p = 0.005), and at 3 months after the stroke (34.7 vs 21.8; p = 0.009). The Fugl-Meyer Assessment scores improved significantly, especially in upper-limb motor function for the study group. There was no statistically significant between-group difference in total FIM™ score improvement. Conclusion: Electroacupuncture can improve motor function, especially in upper-limb motor function, for patients with first-ever ischaemic stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-211
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Electroacupuncture
Therapeutic Uses
Rehabilitation
Stroke
Upper Extremity
Control Groups
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Electroacupuncture
  • Fugl-Meyer Assessment
  • Functional Independence Measure
  • Ischaemic stroke
  • Therapeutic effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Additional therapeutic effects of electroacupuncture in conjunction with conventional rehabilitation for patients with first-ever ischaemic stroke. / Hsieh, Ru Lan; Wang, Liang Yi; Lee, Wen Chung.

In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Vol. 39, No. 3, 04.2007, p. 205-211.

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