Wirkung der akupunktur auf die affektive und sensorische schmerzbewertung: Untersuchung bei patienten in unterschiedlichen chronifizierungsstadien

Translated title of the contribution: Investigations on the effect of acupuncture on affective and sensory components of pain in patients with different stages of chronic pain

M. G. Hammes, B. Flatau, M. Bäcker, S. Ehinger, B. Conrad, T. R. Tölle

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Abstract

Objectives. The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of acupuncture on the affective and sensory experience of pain in chronic pain patients. Furthermore, the study tried to estimate the therapeutical benefit of acupuncture in relation to the stage of chronic pain according to the Mainz pain staging system for chronic pain (MPSS). Methods. Patients with chronic pain syndromes who received acupuncture treatment answered a standardized pain questionaire before and after treatment. The questionaire included the visual-analogue-scale for the intensity of pain, the pain perception scale for the assesment of affective and sensory components of pain perception, and addressed the patients to the three stages of chronic pain (MPSS). Results. From April 1997 to October 1999, patients (n = 165) suffering from chronic headache and facial pain syndromes (23%), spine associated pain syndromes (48%) or other pain conditions (29%) were subsequently induded. Treatment with acupuncture showed a more pronounced reduction of the affective assessment than of the sensory assessment of pain. These effects were particularly pronounced in patients assigned to stage 3 of chronic pain (MPSS). Conclusions. Acupuncture in patients with high-stage chronic pain syndromes preferentially influences the affective dimension of pain perception. For the estimation of the overall clinical outcome of acupunture treatment, a differentiation between affective and sensory components of pain is recommended.

Translated title of the contributionInvestigations on the effect of acupuncture on affective and sensory components of pain in patients with different stages of chronic pain
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)103-113
Number of pages11
JournalSchmerz
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2002

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