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Research Article

A 3-Arm, Randomized, Controlled Trial of Heat-Sensitive Moxibustion Therapy to Determine Superior Effect among Patients with Lumbar Disc Herniation

Table 2

Comparison of M-JOA scores.

VariableWeek 2Month 6
Mean (SD)95% CIMean (SD)95% CI

Group A3.8 (2.6)3.4~4.23.7 (2.2)3.3~4.1
Group B7.9 (3.0)7.4~8.48.9 (3.1)8.4~9.4
Group C8.5 (2.9)8.0~9.010.1 (2.9)9.5~10.6
Comparison between the three groups
value3.85.2
value0.0160.008
Group A versus Group B
value4.15.9
value0.0220.013
Group A versus Group C
value5.16.7
value0.0170.002
Group C versus Group B
value2.03.2
value0.1460.041

Comparison between the three groups by ANOVA test. Pairwise comparison for the two groups by Student-Newman-Keuls ( -test). All data are intended to treat. Each group = 152. SD: standard deviation; M-JOA: Improvement Japanese Orthopedic Association (M-JOA) Lumbago Score Scale; SD: standard deviation; LDH: lumbar disc herniation; Group A: Heat-sensitive moxibustion group; Group B: Conventional moxibustion group; Group C: Conventional drug plus acupuncture group.

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