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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 51-55

Effect of Jintiange capsule on acute bone atrophy resulting from wrist fractures: A randomized controlled trial

1 Department of Orthopedics, the Second Hospital of Tangshan (Orthopaedic Hospital Affiliated to North China University of Science and Technology), Tangshan 063000, China
2 Tangjiazhuang Hospital of Kailuan (Group) Limited Liability Corporation, Tangshan, 063100, China
3 Tangshan gongren hospital, Tangshan, 063000, China

Date of Submission12-Sep-2019
Date of Decision09-Feb-2020
Date of Acceptance22-Feb-2020
Date of Web Publication28-Mar-2020

Correspondence Address:
Hong-Wei Zhang
Department of Orthopedics, the Second Hospital of Tangshan (Orthopaedic Hospital Affiliated to North China University of Science and Technology), Tangshan 063000
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Source of Support: This study was supported by the Science and Technology Support Project of Hebei Traditional Chinese Medicine Administration (No. 2019210), Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2221-6189.281312

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Objective: To investigate the efficacy of Jintiange capsule in the treatment of acute bone atrophy due to wrist fractures.
Methods: Participants were randomly allocated into two groups, i.e. the treatment group and the control groups. All patients received functional rehabilitation exercise. Patients in the treatment group received Jintiange capsule orally, while the control group received placebos. At 3 and 6 months after the treatment, Cooney score, hand grip and pinch strength were measured. The visual analogue scale (VAS) was applied, and safety events were recorded.
Results: No loss occurred during 6 months of follow-up after treatment. Before the treatment, there was no statistically significant difference between the two groups in Cooney score, hand grip strength, hand pinch strength or VAS score (all P>0.05). At 3 and 6 months after the treatment, the Cooney core, hand grip and pinch strength increased, and the VAS were decreased in all patients. The treatment group showed significantly greater improvement than the control group (P<0.05). In additional, both groups showed few side effects.
Conclusions: Jintiange capsule can improve the function of the wrist joint and alleviate the pain of fracture. It is safe and effective for treating acute bone atrophy.

Keywords: Jintiange capsule; Acute bone atrophy; Biomimetic medicine

How to cite this article:
Wei LY, Zhang HW, Zuo JZ, Xu SM, Li L, Jiao C, Dou XY. Effect of Jintiange capsule on acute bone atrophy resulting from wrist fractures: A randomized controlled trial. J Acute Dis 2020;9:51-5

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Wei LY, Zhang HW, Zuo JZ, Xu SM, Li L, Jiao C, Dou XY. Effect of Jintiange capsule on acute bone atrophy resulting from wrist fractures: A randomized controlled trial. J Acute Dis [serial online] 2020 [cited 2023 Feb 2];9:51-5. Available from: https://www.jadweb.org/text.asp?2020/9/2/51/281312

  1. Introduction Top

Acute bone atrophy is a severe complication of wrist fracture, which has an incidence from 0.9% to 37%[1],[2],[3]. Osteoporosis of acute bone atrophy localized in wrist and fingers is accompanied by severe pain, joint stiffness, swelling and/or poor skin elasticity [4],[5]. Distal radius fracture is a kind of common wrist fracture, accounting for approximately 1/6 of all emergency fractures [6] and usually treated by surgical and conservative therapies. More patients prefer conservative treatment. Whether conservative or surgical treatment of wrist fractures, patients will not move wrist normally for a period of time, and traumatic bone atrophy often occurs. Delayed treatment will result in chronic wrist pain even lifelong wrist joint dysfunction and affect the patient’s quality of life.

Acute bone atrophy is a kind of local osteoporosis but is often mistaken as a common symptom of fracture, which leads to delayed diagnosis and treatment. There is little information regarding the treatment and no specific medicine currently. For now, rehabilitation training and analgesic therapy are the main treatments.

Jintiange capsule is a biomimetic medicine and its components are derived from “non-protected” animal bones with the same pharmacological attributes of tiger bone powder, so it is referred to as artificial tiger bone powder. Recent studies indicated that the active ingredients of the Jintiange capsule can improve the metabolism to absorb calcium and phosphorus. It is also effective in treating osteoporosis and promoting fracture healing [7]. In this study, we studied the effect of Jintiange capsule on traumatic bone atrophy.

  2. Materials and Methods Top

2.1. Participants and ethics approval

A total of 64 patients in Tangshan Second Hospital between January 2015 and December 2017 were selected. This study was approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the Second Hospital of Tangshan. Before the study, every participant signed a consent form with an agreement to the treatment.

2.2. Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Inclusion criteria: (1) ≥18 years old; (2) In line with the diagnosis of traumatic acute bone atrophy [8],[9]; (3) Non-operative patients with unilaterally closed fracture; (4) No history of injury in the side of the wrist joint.

Exclusion criteria: (1) Diagnosed as pathological fracture due to osteoporosis, osteomyelitis, bone tuberculosis, and bone tumor; (2) Diagnosed as bilateral fractures or open fracture; (3) Severe liver, kidney and other organ dysfunction or relative combination; (4) Neurological disorders.

2.3. Trial design

This study is a randomized, controlled, double-blind, and double- dummy trial. The patients, researchers, and data managers were all blinded throughout this study. The patients were randomly divided into two groups with a distribution ratio of 1:1, and the required sample size was calculated as 30 participants per group. Finally, 32 participants were selected for each group in case that some patients might discontinue the study [Figure 1].
Figure 1: The study flowchart.

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All participants had rehabilitation exercise, including flexor and extensor of wrists, elbows and shoulders, as well as some operation exercises and physical therapies of the wrist joint. No other medicine was used during the follow-up treatment. Patients in the treatment group orally took 1.2 g Jintiange capsules (Jinhua Enterprise Limited by Share Ltd Xi’an Jinhua Pharmaceutical Factory, China) 3 times daily following meals, with 3 months as a course. Patients in the control group were given the placebo (starch capsule) in the same way as the treatment group. The placebo capsule was the same as the Jintiange capsule in color, shape, and size.

Before the treatment, 3 and 6 months after the treatment, the Cooney score, grip, and pinch strength of hand (pinch and grip strength expressed as a percentage: the diseased side/the healthy hand) were measured. The visual analogue scale (VAS) and side effects were also recorded.

The Cooney score was one of the standards for assessing wrist function [10], with 25 points for pain, 25 points for function, 25 points for a range of extension and flexion, 25 illness points for control force, and the score ranged from 0 to 100 points. A higher Cooney score means better wrist function.

The VAS is a continuous horizontal line to measure the severity of pain. Participants were instructed to rate their pain severity from 0 “no pain” to 10 “extremely strong pain”[11].

The side effects of the medicine were recorded and the changes in liver function, renal function, electrolyte counts, urine content, and other measures in both groups were recorded.

2.4. Statistical analysis

SPSS 17.0 (SPSS Inc., USA) was used. Measurement data were expressed in terms of mean and standard deviation (mean±SD) and categorical data were expressed as percentages. A two-independent- sample t-test was used to compare normally distributed data, while the Wilcoxon rank-sum test was applied for non-normally distributed data. The Chi-square test was performed to analyze categorical data. The significance level of the test was expressed at α=0.05.

  3. Results Top

Gender, age, location, classifications of fracture, and reduction of fracture were similar between the two groups [Table 1] (P>0.05). No adverse reactions occurred in the two groups, and there was no significant difference in the safety measures between the two groups (P>0.05).
Table 1: Baseline information.

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There were no significant difference between the two groups in terms of the Cooney score, strength of hand, and VAS before treatment (P>0.05). The Cooney score and the strength of hand were increased while the VAS was decreased in both groups. The improvements in the treatment group were better than those of the control group (P<0.05) [Table 2].
Table 2: Comparison of efficacy in two groups (mean±SD).

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In the treatment group, a 59-year-old male patient was diagnosed as acute bone atrophy after the right distal radius fracture. The patient was treated with Jintiange capsules orally. The imaging changes of the patient were shown in [Figure 2].
Figure 2: Imaging changes in the treatment group before and after the treatment. The X-ray images A, B showed distal radius fracture in the right wrist. The X-ray images C, D showed bone atrophy at the beginning of the treatment. The X-ray images E, F showed the wrist bone mass increases 6 months after the treatment.

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  4. Discussion Top

Acute bone atrophy is known as Sudeck’s atrophy, reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome or complex regional pain syndrome, and it is a local osteoporosis caused by trauma. The lesions often involve wrists and fingers, and the typical symptoms include pain, vasomotor disorders, swelling of wrists and fingers, poor skin elasticity, and stiffness of joints [12],[13],[14],[15], at the same time the X-rays usually show osteoporosis in distal radius, metacarpus, or phalanges. Analyzing probable reason is that a certain period of break following distal radius fractures can lead to bone loss. Both internal and external fixation will lead to poor venous return and sympathetic nerve disorder, and then results in dilatation of blood vessels in skin, muscles, and periosteum. Subsequently, the exudation of water and plasma protein increases, and then local blood stasis leads to pain and swelling in wrist. The increase of acidity in wrist accelerates the dissolution of collagen and hydroxyapatite in bone, activates osteoclasts, causes local osteoporosis [16],[17], and ultimately postpones the recovery of wrist joint function. Therefore, effective drugs are important in the treatment of acute bone atrophy following distal radius fracture.

Tiger bone has a long history as a precious natural product in China, but it has been banned as a medicinal material more than 25 years. Jintiange capsule is made from other animals whose bones have the same effect as tiger bones in pharmacology and composition [18],[19],[20]. Modern pharmacology has proved that some animals’ bones are abundant in collagen protein, trace elements, calcium, and phosphorus. Bone collagen can regulate bone metabolism, inhibit joint degeneration, and increase bone density; Calcium and phosphorus (regardless of their source) can be easily assimilated by human body, and increase of calcium in bloodstream can improve bone strength and toughness, promote bone growth, and provide materials for increasing bone density [21],[22]. Several studies have confirmed that Jintiange capsule can effectively increase patients’ bone density and inhibit bone mass loss, and it is a safe and effective drug in treatment of primary osteoporosis [23],[24].

In this study, the Cooney score and the ability of the hand strength to grip and pinch were increased, while the VAS measure was decreased at 3 and 6-month intervals after the treatment with Jintiange capsules. These changes indicated that Jintiange capsule is effective in relieving pain and improving wrist joint function of patients with acute bone atrophy. The imaging changes in the treatment group showed that Jintiange capsule can enhance bone metabolism, improve local osteoporosis, and increase bone mass. No side effect occurred in either of the two groups and it proved the safety of Jintiange capsule. In addition, this trial was carried out on the basis of rehabilitation training. We believe that rehabilitation exercise is important in the treatment of acute bone atrophy, which is also supported by other studies [25].

Acute bone atrophy following distal radius fracture is common and easily neglected. The pain and dysfunction seriously affect the quality of life. As a kind of bionic medicine, Jintiange capsule can inhibit local osteoporosis, increase bone mass, improve wrist function, and alleviate pain. It is a safe and effective drug for treating acute bone atrophy.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors report no conflict of interest.

Founding project

This study was supported by the Science and Technology Support Project of Hebei Traditional Chinese Medicine Administration (No. 2019210).

Authors’ contribution

L.Y.W. proposed the study, analyzed the data, and wrote the first draft. All authors contributed to the design and interpretation of the study and to further drafts.

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