Effect of Acupuncture Combined with Tuina on Cervical Curvature and Serum Inflammatory Cytokine Levels in Patients with Cervical Spondylosis
Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210029, 1School of rehabilitation medicine, Gannan Medical University, Ganzhou, Jiangxi 341000, China
S. N. Zhang, Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210029, China, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
To study the effects of acupuncture and tuina by stages on cervical curvature, serum interleukin-4, interleukin-8 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha in patients with cervical spondylosis. A total of 94 patients with cervical spondylosis admitted from June 2020 to June 2021 were divided into the control group and the study group through random number table with 47 cases in each group. Patients in the control group were treated with tuina and patients in the study group were treated with acupuncture and tuina by stages. One course of treatment was 21 d and both groups were treated for 2 courses. The clinical effects of the patients in the two groups after treatment were compared, the cervical spine curvature and visual analogue scale scores of patients in the two groups before and after treatment were compared and the serum levels of interleukin-4, interleukin-8 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha before and after treatment were compared. The total clinical effective rate of patients in the study group was 91.48 % (43/47), which was higher than 68.09 % (32/47) of patients in the control group. After treatment, the C value of cervical spine physiological curvature of patients in the two groups was higher than that before treatment and the visual analog scale scores, serum interleukin-4, interleukin-8, tumor necrosis factor-alpha levels decreased. The improvement of patients in the study group was better than that in the control group (all p<0.05). Acupuncture and tuina to treat patients with cervical spondylosis by stages can better improve the curvature of the patient’s cervical spines, reduce pain, inhibit inflammation in the body and improve the therapeutic effect.