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Otoneuroophthalmological Neurophysiology,
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Otoneuroophthalmological Neurophysiology,
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The acupuncture treatment in whiplash injury

Abstract

In this study we evaluated the postural changes after acupuncture treatment in a group of 27 patients with balance disorders caused by cervical torsion due to Whiplash Injury (WI). The acupuncture treatment consisted of 3 sessions (one weekly session for 3 weeks) during which the acupuncture points Bladder 10 and Gall Bladder 20. VB were stimulated by means of piercing with needles, and manipulating the needles for 20 seconds. Each patient underwent posturographic evaluations before and just after each session of acupuncture. The posturographic tests were performed with open eyes, closed eyes and closed eyes with retroflexed head (CER). As a control group, we used 25 patients complaining of the same symptoms as the study group due to WI, but treated with FANS, myorelaxing and physiotherapy. The control group also underwent posturographic tests once a week for three weeks. We observed a significant difference between the two groups regarding the reduction of the CER Length of the statokinesigram just before each session of acupuncture and reduction of the frequency oscillations (FFT) of the patients on the sagittal plane in the study group, in CER, whereas in the control group we observed a progressive increase in these values. The high percentage of positive results in WI patients leads us to advocate the acupuncture for balance disorders due to cervical pathology.

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