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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1997;21(3):511-517.
Effect of Topical Capsaicin in Chronic Low Back and Posterior Neck Pain.
Kim, Min Young , Na, Young Moo , Kang, Seoung Woong , Moon, Jae Ho
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Korea.
만성 요통 및 경통 환자의 Capsaicin 도포 효과
김민영, 나영무, 강성웅, 문재호
연세대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of topically applied capsaicin cream for the treatment of chronic low back and posterior neck pain. Fourty-one patients with chronic low back or posterior neck pain of more than 6 months despite comprehensive management in our rehabilitation department were selected for this study. Of these subjects, a group of 21 patients used capsaicin cream, and the other 21 patients used NSAID gel as a control group. Pain intensities in both groups were measured with the visual analogue scale(VAS) before the treatment, 2 weeks and 5 weeks after the treatment. McGill Pain Questionnaire(MPQ) was used before and 5 weeks after the treatment. According to followed-up VAS, MPQ-number of words chosen, and MPQ-pain rating index, there was an evidence of effective pain relief by capsaicin cream for the low back and posterior neck pain 5 weeks after the treatment. We conclude that continuous use of capsaicin cream for 5 weeks can be beneficial for the chronic pain patients in relieving pain and subsequently helping their rehabilitation process.

Key Words: Capsaicin cream, Chronic low back pain, Chronic posterior neck pain


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