Akupunktur in der Sportmedizin. Untersuchungen bei Patienten mit Achillodynie vor und nach Akupunkturbehandlung
Journal/Book: DZA. 1986; 5: 103-112.
Abstract: During the last years a marked increase of complaints in the region of the Achilles tendon has been reported in sportsmen.In this prospective study 109 patients suffering from achillodynia (syn: paratenonitis achillea) were treated by acupuncture.Before and after treatment the patients were orthopedically examined and interviewed. Degree of swelling, pressure induced pain and reported pain relief were documented using a clinical scale.In the therapy group (n - 92) mainly classical acupuncture points were needled, in the control group In = 17), however, the needled points were located in the same dermatoma, but at least one centimeter from the classical points.Patients were needled twice a week, 6 times altogether. Comparing therapy and control group there was a significant difference in reported pain relief (p < 0.01) and swelling of the Achilles tendeon (p < 0.05). The difference in pressure induced pain of the tendeon was highly significant (p < 0.001). The results support the hypothesis of a specific character of the acupuncture points regarding therapeutic effectiveness. No side effects were observed. Acupuncture is a cheap method and leads to results similar to those of other conservative therapies.
Keyword(s): Achillodynie (syn.: Paratenonitis achillea)