To observe the clinical effect of electroacupuncture (EA) of different frequencies for the third lumbar transverse process syndrome.
A total of 80 cases with the 3rd lumbar transverse process syndrome were randomized into two groups, 40 in each group. Ashi points were connected with K8832-T treatment device in the medium-frequency electroacupuncture (EA) group, whereas Ashi points were connected with G6805-2 electric stimulator in the traditional EA group. The curative effects were evaluated after 10 treatment sessions.
The therapeutic efficacy in the medium-frequency EA group was significantly better than that of the traditional EA group (P<0.05). In addition, the improvement of VAS scores in the medium-frequency EA group was more notable than that of the traditional EA group (P<0.05).
The medium-frequency EA is an easy and effective therapy for the 3rd lumbar transverse process syndrome and therefore worth popularizing to benefit the patients.
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Author: Liang Bo, M.M., associate chief physician.
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Liang, B., Chen, P., Zhang, Ff. et al. Therapeutic efficacy observation on electroacupuncture of different frequencies for the third lumbar transverse process syndrome. J. Acupunct. Tuina. Sci. 11, 113–116 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11726-013-0670-9
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