J Korean Acad Nurs.  2009 Feb;39(1):10-20.

The Effects of Hand Acupuncture Therapy on Pain, ROM, ADL and Depression among Elders with Low Back Pain and Knee Joint Pain

  • 1Department of Nursing, Research Institute of Geriatric Health, Inje University, Busan, Korea. jhyang@inje.ac.kr


PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of hand acupuncture therapy on pain, ROM, ADL, and depression among older people with low back pain and knee joint pain.
The research was a quasi-experimental design using a non-equivalent control group pre-post test. The participants were 40 patients, 18 in the experimental group and 22 in the control group. A pretest and 2 posttest were conducted to measure the main variables. For the experimental group, hand acupuncture therapy, consisting of hand acupuncture and press-pellets based on corresponding points, was given.
There were statistically significant differences in pain, ROM in knee joint, and ADL in the experimental group but not in depression compared to the control group over two different times.
The hand acupuncture therapy was effective for low back pain, knee joint pain, ROM in knee joint and ADL among the elders in this study. Therefore, the hand acupuncture therapy can be utilized in the field of geriatric nursing as a nursing intervention for older people with low back pain and knee joint pain.


Acupuncture therapy; Aged; Low back pain; Knee joint pain

MeSH Terms

*Activities of Daily Living
*Acupuncture Therapy
Aged, 80 and over
Analysis of Variance
Geriatric Assessment
*Knee Joint/physiopathology
Low Back Pain/*therapy
Pain Measurement
*Range of Motion, Articular


  • Figure 1 Research design. O=Treatment; HAT=hand acupuncture therapy; HE=health education.

  • Figure 2 Corresponding points on hands for lowback pain and knee joint pain.


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