Wet cupping therapy in the treatment of chronic knee pain: A quasi-experimental study


Authors: Ziad Hmaidi Nasrallah and Wael Mustafa Abu Hassan
Page Range: 221-228
Published in: Journal of Pain Management, 15#3 (2022)
ISSN: 1939-5914

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Wet cupping therapy is an economical and simple treatment that still needs scientific interpretation. The main aim of this study is to investigate the impact of wet cupping therapy in reducing and reliving of the degree, signs, and symptoms of knee pain. Methods: Quasi-experimental study design. Data collected from 80 patients diagnosed as suffering from chronic knee pain. The patients were split into two groups, a control and an experimental group. Patients in the experimental group were offered physical therapy modalities (e.g., ice-back, ultrasound and exercise) and wet cupping therapy services. The control group only received physical therapy treatment modalities (i.e., no wet cupping). Patients in the experimental group were prescribed three staged wet cupping therapy monthly. Results: Wet cupping therapy was helpful with clinically significant effectiveness in the experimental group. The results showed that cupping reduced the degree of knee pain, where p-values were (0.000), and the signs and symptoms were reduced; also p-values were (0.000). Conclusions: The wet cupping therapy is an effective method in treating musculoskeletal disorders, especially chronic knee pain, and that much helpful in improving quality of life of patients.

Keywords: Wet cupping therapy, chronic knee pain, pain related issues, physical therapy modalities, clinical implications.

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