07 January 2017 : Clinical Research
Efficacy of Selected Electrical Therapies on Chronic Low Back Pain: A Comparative Clinical Pilot StudyJoanna Rajfur1ABCDF, Małgorzata Pasternok1ACD, Katarzyna Rajfur1BCD, Karolina Walewicz1CDEF, Beata Fras1BD, Bartosz Bolach2CD, Robert Dymarek3DEFG, Joanna Rosinczuk3EFG, Tomasz Halski1ACDG, Jakub Taradaj4ABCDEFG*
Med Sci Monit 2017; 23:85-100
BACKGROUND: In the currently available research publications on electrical therapy of low back pain, generally no control groups or detailed randomization were used, and such studies were often conducted with relatively small groups of patients, based solely on subjective questionnaires and pain assessment scales (lacking measurement methods to objectify the therapeutic progress). The available literature also lacks a comprehensive and large-scale clinical study. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of treating low back pain using selected electrotherapy methods. The study assesses the influence of individual electrotherapeutic treatments on reduction of pain, improvement of the range of movement in lower section of the spine, and improvement of motor functions and mobility.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: The 127 patients qualified for the therapy (ultimately, 123 patients completed the study) and assigned to 6 comparison groups: A – conventional TENS, B – acupuncture-like TENS, C – high-voltage electrical stimulation, D – interferential current stimulation, E – diadynamic current, and F – control group.
RESULTS: The research showed that using electrical stimulation with interferential current penetrating deeper into the tissues results in a significant and more efficient elimination of pain, and an improvement of functional ability of patients suffering from low back pain on the basis of an analysis of both subjective and objective parameters. The TENS currents and high voltage were helpful, but not as effective. The use of diadynamic currents appears to be useless.
CONCLUSIONS: Selected electrical therapies (interferential current, TENS, and high voltage) appear to be effective in treating chronic low back pain.
Keywords: Electric Stimulation, Low Back Pain, Physical Therapy Specialty
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