2010 Volume 60 Issue 2 Pages 216-224
[Objective]This case evaluates the effects of acupuncture for a Parkinson's Disease patient with frozen gait.
[Case]Patient:a 58-year-old male. Chief complaints were frozen gait and fatigue of legs. The gait disturbance was realized about three years ago, and has been gradually worsening. The Hoehn &Yahr stage is III. Treatment:The patient received medication and acupuncture treatment once a week or two for 18 months. Electric acupuncture treatment was adopted on arms and lower legs, and lone needles on the back and legs. Measurements:Outcome measures were timed in a 10 m walk and turn for frozen gait and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) for fatigue of legs.
[Results]From a long term point of view, there were no significant changes for the outcomes measured. However just after the treatment VAS was statistically improved, and the patient reported a comfortable feeling.
[Conclusion]The effect of acupuncture for frozen gait was not seen, but the improvement in fatigue of legs was noted, and the patient felt comfortable after the treatment.