Does Auricular Acupuncture Improve Tolerance to Electromyography (EMG) Testing?

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Status and phase

Completed
Phase 1

Conditions

Pain

Treatments

Other: auricular acupuncture

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01017211
R-654-09

Details and patient eligibility

About

Needle Electromyography (EMG) is an important test used to assess muscle and nerve function, but the test can be uncomfortable. It is currently not standard practice to provide any pain-relieving intervention for this procedure. The purpose of this research study is to determine whether auricular (ear) acupuncture will make EMG testing less painful.

Enrollment

21 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 65 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Gender: male or female
  • Of any racial or ethnic group
  • Adult between the ages 18 to 65 years
  • Healthy
  • Normal sensation and strength
  • Pain approximately the same on each side of body with no major difference between right and left sides
  • Can understand and are able to complete the outcomes questionnaires which will be explained before the study protocol begins

Exclusion criteria

  • Pregnant or actively trying to become pregnant
  • Diabetes mellitus or other systemic disease which may affect nerve function
  • History of a neurologic disorder or other cause for abnormal sensation or weakness
  • Have had recent trauma to an upper arm, hand or ear
  • Have scars or burns on an upper arm, hand or ear that causes abnormal or decreased sensation
  • Taking pain medications on a regular basis
  • Have a bleeding or clotting disorder
  • Taking blood thinners, such as aspirin, heparin, enoxaparin (Lovenox), clopidogrel (Plavix) or coumadin (Warfarin)
  • Have received chemotherapy or radiation
  • Have a permanent pacemaker
  • Have a serious psychiatric disorder (such as schizophrenia)
  • More sensitive to pain on one side of my body more than the other

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

21 participants in 2 patient groups

auricular acupuncture protocol
Experimental group
Treatment:
Other: auricular acupuncture
sham auricular acupuncture
Sham Comparator group
Treatment:
Other: auricular acupuncture

Trial contacts and locations

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