Last updated on February 2018

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation With Acupuncture and Physical Therapy Protocol


Brief description of study

The pain is very common complaint, and the neck is one of the most affected spots, mainly due to muscle contracture of the cervical and scapular region, triggered by emotional stress associated with muscle retraction involved resulting from postoperative scarring or post-radiotherapy.O fear fibrosis move the limb and inactivity postoperative lead to gradual impairment of muscle strength and flexibility, and loss of ADM, which also predisposes to the appearance of pain.

Goals Study the effectiveness of acupuncture in rehabilitation of physical and functional disorders of women undergoing surgery for breast cancer.

  1. Presence of pain by Visual Analog Scale of Pain (VAS).
  2. Shoulder Range of Motion (ROM) by active goniometry of flexion movements, extension, adduction, abduction, internal rotation and external rotation
  3. lymphedema presence through top member perimetry.
  4. upper limb function through the DASH questionnaire.
  5. Depressive symptoms through BECK questionnaire.
  6. Quality of life through the EORTC questionnaire.
  7. Muscle strength of flexion, extension, adduction, abduction, internal rotation and shoulder external rotation with the Hand Held Dynamometer 01,163 model of Lafayette Instrument Company.

Patients will be divided into three randomized groups with 30 patients per group, who will receive weekly treatment for 10 weeks, and the group I treated with standard therapeutic exercise, pre-defined, based on stretching the neck muscles, shoulder girdle and exercises for ADM upper limb lasting 30 minutes; group II is treated com30 minutes classical acupuncture using pre-defined spots, and finally, grupoIII be used in the same acupuncture points of the group II, but using the Stiper in place of the needles. If the patients in groups II and III still of pain at the end of 10 sessions will be treated complementarily with kinesiotherapy.

Detailed Study Description

Objectives General Study the effectiveness of acupuncture in rehabilitation of physical and functional disorders of women undergoing surgery for breast cancer.

Specific

To evaluate the (the):

  1. Presence of pain by Visual Analog Scale of Pain (VAS).
  2. Shoulder Range of Motion (ROM) by active goniometry of flexion movements, extension, adduction, abduction, internal rotation and external rotation
  3. lymphedema presence through top member perimetry.
  4. upper limb function through the DASH questionnaire.
  5. Depressive symptoms through BECK questionnaire.
  6. Quality of life through the EORTC questionnaire.
  7. Muscle strength of flexion, extension, adduction, abduction, internal rotation and shoulder external rotation with the Hand Held Dynamometer 01,163 model of Lafayette Instrument Company.

rationale The increased incidence of breast cancer and successful treatment result in greater survival. These patients may have chronic condition of pain in the area of the shoulder girdle and upper limb, including the thoracic and cervical spine. Knowing that in our previous project in which the group treated only with kinesiotherapy showed good results and when joined acupuncture no superiority, the investigators created new research study in order to determine whether acupuncture and Stiper in isolated groups, would present equivalence results when compared to kinesiotherapy.The investigators propose then treat with acupuncture and analyze the rehabilitation of these patients.

methodology This study will be performed at the Clinic of the Department of Mastology the Department of Gynecology, Federal University of So Paulo (UNIFESP) - Paulista School of Medicine (EPM). Patients will be recruited, selected and informed about the study objectives, relevance, activities to be developed and the possibility of improvement, as well as answer your questions and concerns about the disease. Later the patients who wish to participate in the study protocol will sign a consent form and specific savy for this project.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02798263

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