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Effect of dry needling on radial tunnel syndrome: A case report.

Effect of dry needling on radial tunnel syndrome: A case report. Physiother Theory Pract. 2018 Feb 23;:1-10 Authors: Anandkumar S Abstract This case report describes a 45-year-old male who presented with chronic right lateral elbow pain managed unsuccessfully with conservative treatment that included anti-inflammatory medication, injection, massage, exercise, bracing, taping, electro-physical agents, and manual therapy. Diagnosis of radial tunnel syndrome (RTS) was based on palpatory findings, range of motion testing, resisted isometrics, and a positive upper limb neural tension test 2b (radial nerve bias). Conventionally, the intervention for this entrapment has been surgical decompression, with successful outcomes. This is potentially a first-time report, describing the successful management of RTS with dry needling (DN) using a recently published DN grading system. Immediate improvements were noted in all the outcome measures after the first treatment, with complete pain-resolution maintained at a 6-month follow-up. A model is proposed describing the mechanism by which DN could be used to intervene for nerve entrapment interfaces. PMID: 29474114 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

The Effect of Foot Reflexology on the Anxiety Levels of Women in Labor.

The Effect of Foot Reflexology on the Anxiety Levels of Women in Labor. J Altern Complement Med. 2018 Feb 23;: Authors: Yılar Erkek Z, Aktas S Abstract OBJECTIVES: This research was conducted to analyze the effect of foot reflexology on the anxiety levels of women during labor. DESIGN, SETTING AND SUBJECTS: The study was conducted as a semiexperimental study. It was conducted with 154 nulliparous pregnant women who applied to a maternity unit of a state hospital in the north-western part of Turkey to give birth. INTERVENTIONS: Foot reflexology was applied once to the pregnant women in the experimental group when cervical dilation was 3-4 cm. The treatment was applied to the right foot and left foot reflex points for 15 min, for a total of 30 min. The data in the study were collected using the "Pregnant Women Introductory Information Form" and the "Spielberger State-trait Anxiety Inventory" (STAI TX-1). In evaluating the data, number, percentage, Chi-square, independent samples t-test, and repeated measure analysis of variance test were used. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The mean scores of the STAI TX-1 were used to analyze the results. RESULTS: The mean STAI TX-1 scores were measured before reflexology, in the latent and active phases of labor and early in postpartum period (four times in total). The mean STAI TX-1 scores were higher in the experimental group than in the control group (p < 0.001). The mean STAI TX-1 scores postreflexology application (when cervical dilation was 3-4 cm) and during the active phase of the labor (when cervical dilation was 6-8 cm) of the pregnant women in the experimental group were lower than those of the control group (respectively p = 0.010, p < 0.001). In the experimental group, there was no statistically significant difference between the mean STAI TX-1 scores pre- and postreflexology (p = 0.820). The mean STAI TX-1 scores in the early postpartum period were similar in the experimental and control groups (p = 0.080). CONCLUSION: Foot reflexology was found to have a positive effect in lowering the total anxiety scores of the pregnant women. Reflexology is a noninvasive and economical method, which may be used by health professionals to reduce problems during labor. A decrease in anxiety experienced at birth improves women's positive birth experiences, promotes a secure mother-infant attachment, and protects postpartum mental health. PMID: 29474093 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

[Acupuncture at five mind points combined with modified kidney qi decoction for vascular dementia of kidney essence deficiency].

[Acupuncture at five mind points combined with modified kidney qi decoction for vascular dementia of kidney essence deficiency]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2018 Feb 12;38(2):127-34 Authors: Wang F, Wang M Abstract OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects for vascular dementia (VD) of kidney essence deficiency among acupuncture at five mind points combined with modified kidney qi decoction, simple acupuncture at five mind points and simple modified kidney qi decoction. METHODS: A total of 180 VD patients were randomly assigned into a combination group, an acupuncture group and a herb group, 60 cases in each one. The conventional western medication and rehabilitation training were for all the patients. The modified kidney qi decoction was used in the herb group; acupuncture at Baihui (GV 20) and Sishencong (EX-HN 1) was applied in the acupuncture group; the above two methods were for the cases in the combination group. Acupuncture was used for 7 courses, twice a day, and 5 days as a course. The hasegawa dementia scale (HDS), the brief screening scale for dementia (BSSD) and the mini-mental state examination (MMSE) were applied before and after treatment. The serum superoxide dismutase (SOD), calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) and lipid peroxidation (LPO) were detected before and after treatment. The effects were evaluated. RESULTS: The total effective rate of the combination group was 91.7% (55/60), which was better than 68.3% (41/60) in the herb group and 78.3% (47/60) in the acupuncture group (both P<0.05). After treatment, the scores of HDS, BSSD and MMSE were higher than those before treatment in the three groups (all P<0.05), and the scores in the combination group were superior to those in the other two groups (all P<0.05). SOD and CGRP increased and LPO decreased after treatment in the three groups (all P<0.05), and the results in the combination group were better (all P<0.05). . CONCLUSION: Acupuncture at five mind points combined with modified kidney qi decoction for VD is better than simple five mind acupuncture and simple modified kidney qi decoction. PMID: 29473353 [PubMed - in process]

Analysis of specialized nursing on respiratory functions in thoracotomy patients.

Related Articles Analysis of specialized nursing on respiratory functions in thoracotomy patients. J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2017 Oct-Dec;31(4):971-976 Authors: Shu M, Wang BY, Zhang J, Guo CY, Wang XH Abstract To analyze the nursing effect on the respiratory function of thoracotomy patients, sixty thoracotomy hospitalized patients were studied. The subjects were divided into a normal group (A) and an observation group (B). The patients in group A received routine nursing only, while those in group B received chest physiotherapy as well as routine nursing. Afterwards, the respiratory function indicators of the two groups were compared and a data analysis was performed. The results showed that the partial pressure of oxygen (PO2) value of the patients in group B was greater than that of the patients in group A while the partial pressure of carbon dioxide (PCO2) value in group B was smaller than that in group A, and there was a significant difference between the two groups (p less than 0.05). The vital capacity under normal circumstances and forced breathing of group B were greater than that of group A and the difference was statistically significant (p less than 0.05). The incidence of complications (atelectasis, respiratory infections, pleural effusion) was statistically significant between the two groups (p less than 0.05). The degree of autonomic respiratory dysfunction in group B was lower than that in group A, and there was a significant difference (p less than 0.05), suggesting that the respiratory function in patients receiving chest physiotherapy improved significantly. PMID: 29254301 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]