To observe the effect contralateral needling of in improving pain, edema and limb dysfunction in stroke patients with shoulder-hand syndrome.
A total of 62 patients with post-stroke shoulder-hand syndrome were divided into a control group and an observation group, 31 cases in each one. The routine treatment with internal medicine and rehabilitation manipulation was adopted in the two groups. Additionally, the routine acupuncture treatment was used in the control group and the contralateral needling techniques was applied in the observation group. The needles were retained for 30 min. The treatment was given once a day for 5 days a week and consecutively for 4 weeks. Before and after treatment, the score of the modified Fugl-Meyer assessment scale (FMA scale), the score of the visual analogue scale (VAS), the score of the hand edema rating and the score of the modified Barthel index (ADL score) were evaluated.
The total effective rate was 90.32% (28/31) in the observation group and was 67.74% (21/31) in the control group. The effective rate in the observation group was higher than that in the control group (<0.05). VAS score, the score of the hand edema rating, FMA score and ADL score were obviously improved as compared with those before treatment in each group and the scores in the observation group were better than those of the control group (<0.05).
The contralateral needling therapy of acupuncture is effective for relieving pain and edema as well as improving the motor function of the affected limb in the patients with post-stroke shoulder-hand syndrome.