Table 2

Outcome measures at 4 weeks and 12 weeks (adjusted means and 95% confidence intervals; adjusted for respective baseline value)
Outcomes Cupping (n = 21) Control (n = 19) p-value
Mean (95% CI) Mean (95% CI)
At 4 weeks
WOMAC Global Score 27.7 (22.1; 33.3) 42.2 (36.3; 48.1) 0.001
- WOMAC Pain Subscore 25.8 (19.3; 32.3) 40.2 (33.4; 47.1) 0.004
- WOMAC Stiffness Subscore 37.2 (28.6; 45.8) 50.2 (41.2; 59.3) 0.041
- WOMAC Physical Function Subscore 27.0 (21.4; 32.6) 42.1 (36.2; 47.9) 0.001
VAS Pain 38.4 (30.5; 46.2) 55.0 (46.8; 63.2) 0.005
SF 36 - Physical Component Scale 36.0 (33.5; 38.6) 31.9 (29.2; 34.6) 0.030
SF 36 - Mental Component Scale 56.0 (52.3; 59.7) 52.7 (48.8; 56.6) 0.233
At 12 weeks
WOMAC Global Score 31.0 (24.9; 37.2) 40.8 (34.4; 47.3) 0.032
- WOMAC Pain Subscore 30.4 (22.5; 38.4) 40.5 (32.1; 48.8) 0.086
- WOMAC Stiffness Subscore 36.3 (28.4; 44.2) 47.8 (38.4; 56.1) 0.052
- WOMAC Physical Function Subscore 30.4 (24.3; 36.6) 40.3 (33.9; 46.8) 0.031
VAS Pain 41.0 (30.7; 51.4) 57.2 (46.3; 68.0) 0.036
SF 36 - Physical Component Scale 36.3 (32.9; 39.8) 30.2 (26.6; 33.9) 0.019
SF 36 - Mental Component Scale 53.2 (49.5; 56.9) 52.6 (48.7; 56.5) 0.831

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 (Generic Quality of Life, (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

Open Data