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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 5760240, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/5760240
Research Article

Miniscalpel-Needle Treatment Is Effective for Work-Related Neck and Shoulder Musculoskeletal Disorders

1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, No. 151, Yanjiang West Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510120, China
2Department of Orthopedics Medicine, First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, No. 151, Yanjiang West Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510120, China
3Department of Orthopedics Medicine, Beijing Fengsheng Special Hospital of Traditional Medical Traumatology and Orthopaedics, No. 306, Fuchengmen Street, Beijing 100034, China
4Guangdong Key Laboratory of Orthopaedic Technology and Implant Materials, No. 151, Yanjiang West Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510120, China

Received 17 February 2016; Accepted 17 May 2016

Academic Editor: Ciara Hughes

Copyright © 2016 Shuming Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a group of painful disorders of muscles, tendons, and nerves, such as neck and shoulder MSD. This study was designed to use miniscalpel-needle (MSN) technique as an intervention for work-related MSDs. Methods. Thirty-one patients with work-related MSDs and 28 healthy subjects were enrolled as controls in this study. The MSD symptoms of each patient were assessed by visual analog scale (VAS) and neck disability index (NDI). Blood samples were collected from control subjects and MSD patients before and after treatment. Serum levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF) were measured using ELISA. Results. Prior to MSN treatment, serum levels of CRP and TNF were significantly higher in the MSD patients than the healthy controls. Serum CRP levels correlated with VAS and NDI scores, and serum TNF levels correlated with NDI scores. Compared to pretreatment, VAS and NDI scores were significantly lower in MSD patients after MSN treatment, while serum CRP and TNF levels were significantly lower compared with the healthy control levels. Conclusions. Our results indicate that MSN may be an effective intervention for work-related MSDs and be associated with lower serum levels of inflammatory biomarkers.