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Acupuncture for treatment of secondary osteoporosis in patients with spinal cord injury: a controlled study
  1. Qingxi Meng1,
  2. Xin Liu1,
  3. Qunqun Shan1,
  4. Peng Yu2,
  5. Zhaohu Mao1,
  6. Fan Zhang1,
  7. Jian Li1,
  8. Tingbao Zhao1
  1. 1Department of Spinal Cord Injury, Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology of Chinese PLA, General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command, Jinan, Shandong, China
  2. 2The First Veteran Institute of Jinan Military Region, Jinan, Shandong, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tingbao Zhao, Department of Spinal Cord Injury, Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology of Chinese PLA, General Hospital of Jinan Military Area Command, ShiFan Road 25, Jinan, Shandong 250000, China; tinbzhao77{at}163.com

Abstract

Objective We explored the effect of adjunctive acupuncture on secondary osteoporosis in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI).

Methods Patients with subacute SCI were recruited and divided into two groups by patient choice: group 1 patients received standard combination therapy and group 2 patients received combination therapy plus acupuncture for 3 months. The concentrations of IgG, IgM and tumour necrosis factor α (TNFα) in serum and the bone mineral density were measured before and after treatment.

Result The decrease in the concentration of TNFα and IgM in patients in group 2 compared with those in group 1 was statistically significant. The IgG level showed no significant change in either group. Bone mineral density increased more after adjunctive acupuncture, but the difference was not significant.

Conclusions Further research is needed to determine whether acupuncture as an adjunct to combination therapy can reduce osteoporosis in patients with subacute SCI.

Trial registration number P153-2008-36

  • CLINICAL PHYSIOLOGY
  • MOXIBUSTION
  • OSTEOPOROSIS ARTHRITIS

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