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Effect of laser acupuncture versus traditional acupuncture in neck pain of cervical spondylosis
Author(s): Ahmed M. El-Kharbotly; Alyaa A. El-Gendy; Mouchira A. Mohammed; Manal R. El-Masry; Eitedal M. Daoud; Nagwa Hassan; Khaled G. Abdel-Wahab; Ghada Helmy; Taymour Mostafa
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This prospective cohort study aimed to compare the efficiency of laser versus traditional acupuncture in treating cervical spondylosis (CS) pain. Forty female patients were randomized into two equal groups that received 3 sessions / week for 4 weeks. Group A received needle acupuncture therapy with electrical stimulation for 20 min at standard acupoints, ear points and Ashi point on the average 3 points. Group B received low level laser therapy (LLLT) acupuncture at the same acupoints. The results demonstrated that tenderness disappeared in 65% of patients in group A and 75% of patients in group B with improved percentage of 85.5% and 89.2%. Pain on VAS related to direction of motion at 6 directions was improved in all cases where with improvement percentage 76.45% and 85.88%. Pain on VAS at rest was improved in all patients with improvement percentage of 80.41% and 84.28%. NDIQ score improved in all patients with improvement percentage of 69.78% and 73.77%. Follow up of VAS after 6 months from the last session revealed persistent improvement in 55% of patients of group A vs 80% of patients of group B. Mean serum TNF-α was decreased in 85% of patients of group A vs 95% of patients of group B where serum beta endorphins was increased in all patients. It is concluded that both modes of treatment for CS gave improvement regarding pain intensity, disability and quality of life being more evident in LLLT followed for 6 months supported with improved serum TNFα and beta endorphin.

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Date Published: 18 February 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8932, Mechanisms for Low-Light Therapy IX, 89320Z (18 February 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2035844
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Ahmed M. El-Kharbotly, National Institute of Laser Science (Egypt)
Alyaa A. El-Gendy, National Research Ctr. (Egypt)
Mouchira A. Mohammed, National Research Ctr. (Egypt)
Manal R. El-Masry, Cairo Univ. (Egypt)
Eitedal M. Daoud, National Research Ctr. (Egypt)
Nagwa Hassan, National Research Ctr. (Egypt)
Khaled G. Abdel-Wahab, National Research Ctr. (Egypt)
Ghada Helmy, National Research Ctr. (Egypt)
Taymour Mostafa, Cairo Univ. (Egypt)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8932:
Mechanisms for Low-Light Therapy IX
Michael R. Hamblin; James D. Carroll; Praveen Arany, Editor(s)

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