Cervical pain

samedi 17 octobre 2009

Electrical Stimulation of Auricular Acupuncture Points Is More Effective Than Conventional Manual Auricular Acupuncture in Chronic Cervical Pain : A Pilot Study
Sabine M. Sator-Katzenschlager, MD*, Jozef C. Szeles, MDdagger, Gisela Scharbert, MD*, Andrea Michalek-Sauberer, MD*, Alexander Kober, MD*, Georg Heinze, PhDddagger, and Sibylle A. Kozek-Langenecker, MD*

*Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care B, Outpatient Pain Center, daggerDepartment of Vascular Surgery, and ddaggerDepartment of Medical Computer Science, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Sabine Sator-Katzenschlager, MD, Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care B, University of Vienna, Währinger Gürtel 18-20, A-1090 Vienna, Austria. Address e-mail to sabine.sator chez univie.ac.at.

The electrical point stimulation device P-STIMTM. A, acupuncture points are indicated by bullets and numbered according to the nomenclature of Nogier (5) : cervical spine (37), shen men (55), and cushion (29). B, This device consists of an automated accucharger for the nickel metal hydride cells (1) and a microcontroller with a bit-coded RS232 interface (2). The constant current source guarantees equivalent stimulation energy (2 mA, 1 Hz monophasic) regardless of the individual impedance of the patient’s skin. This preliminary P-STIMTM model is fixated via an anchor (3) behind the patient’s ear, as well as with a bandage on the head. The neutral electrode (4) is positioned behind the ear. Three wires connect the P-STIMTM to the acupuncture needles (5).

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