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Electroacupuncture at Jing-jiaji points for neck pain caused by cervical spondylosis: a study protocol for a randomized controlled pilot trial

Zhong-ren Sun13, Jin-huan Yue2 and Qin-hong Zhang23*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, First Affiliated Hospital of Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Harbin 150040, PR China

2 Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Second Affiliated Hospital of Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Harbin 150040, PR China

3 Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, College of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, 24 Heiping Road, Xiangfang District, Harbin, Heilongjiang Province 150040, China

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Trials 2013, 14:360  doi:10.1186/1745-6215-14-360

Published: 29 October 2013

Abstract

Background

Neck pain caused by cervical spondylosis (CS) has become one of the most common health problems around the world. Electroacupuncture (EA) has been employed to relieve CS neck pain, but there is limited clinical evidence for its effectiveness.

Methods/Design

This study consists of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) with two parallel arms: an acupuncture group and an EA group. Both groups will receive acupuncture at Jing-jiaji points for 30 minutes each time, for five sessions per week for a total of 20 sessions during this four-week period. In addition, the EA group will be connected with EA apparatus. The following outcome measurements will be used in examination of subjects: the Northwick Park Neck Pain Questionnaire (NPQ), McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ), and Short-Form 36 (SF-36) scale. All these outcomes will be examined at the start of the study, at the end of the second week, at four weeks after randomization, and one and three months after treatment cessation respectively.

Discussion

This study aims to assess the efficacy of EA, compared with acupuncture intervention at Jing-jiaji points for the CS neck pain.

Trial registration

Chinese Clinical Trials Register: ChiCTR-TRC-13003422.

Keywords:
Electroacupuncture; Acupuncture; Cervical spondylosis; Randomized controlled trial