Table 1

Baseline characteristics of patients in both study groups (values are means and standard deviations except for gender (n, %))
Characteristics Cupping Control
(n = 21) (n = 19)
Age 68.1 ± 7.2 69.3 ± 6.8
Gender (Male; n (%)) 5 (23.8) 8 (42.1)
BMI 29.0 ± 4.6 28.1 ± 5.5
VAS Pain 60.2 ± 12.2 57.9 ± 8.0
WOMAC
- Global Score 39.1 ± 16.2 41.7 ± 15.2
- Pain Subscore 37.4 ± 17.3 40.2 ± 15.3
- Stiffness Subscore 43.1 ± 26.9 50.3 ± 22.3
- Physical Function Subscore 39.1 ± 17.2 41.1 ± 16.6
SF-36
- Physical Component Scale 30.6 ± 8.5 32.2 ± 8.9
- Mental Component Scale 58.2 ± 7.2 51.1 ± 11.1

BMI = Body Mass Index, WOMAC = Western Ontario and McMasters Universities Osteoarthritis Index (higher scores indicate worse condition), VAS = Visual Analogue Scale (0 mm = no pain to 100 mm = maximum intensity), SF 36 = The Short Form (36) Health Survey (higher scores indicate higher QoL).

Teut et al.

Teut et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012 12:184   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-184

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