Optimal stimulation duration of tens in the management of osteoarthritic knee pain

Cheing, Gladys, Tsui, Amy, Lo, Sing Kai and Hui-Chan, Christina 2003, Optimal stimulation duration of tens in the management of osteoarthritic knee pain, Journal of rehabilitation medicine, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 62-68, doi: 10.1080/16501970306116.

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Title Optimal stimulation duration of tens in the management of osteoarthritic knee pain
Author(s) Cheing, Gladys
Tsui, Amy
Lo, Sing Kai
Hui-Chan, Christina
Journal name Journal of rehabilitation medicine
Volume number 35
Issue number 2
Start page 62
End page 68
Publisher Taylor & Francis A S
Place of publication Stockholm, Sweden
Publication date 2003-03
ISSN 1650-1977
Keyword(s) knee osetoarthritis
Summary Objective: This study examined the optimal stimulation duration of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for relieving osteoarthritic knee pain and the duration (as measured by half-life) of post-stimulation analgesia. Subjects: Thirty-eight patients received either: (i) 20 minutes (TENS20); (ii) 40 minutes (TENS40); (iii) 60 minutes (TENS60) of TENS; or (iv) 60 minutes of placebo TENS (TENSPL) 5 days a week for 2 weeks. Methods: A visual analogue scale recorded the magnitude and pain relief period for up to 10 hours after stimulation. Results: By Day10, a significantly greater cumulative reduction in the visual analogue scale scores was found in the TENS40 (83.40%) and TENS60 (68.37%) groups than in the TENS20 (54.59%) and TENSPL (6.14%) groups (p 3 0.000), such a group difference was maintained in the 2-week followup session (p 3 0.000). In terms of the duration of post-stimulation analgesia period, the duration for the TENS40 (256 minutes) and TENS60 (258 minutes) groups was more prolonged than in the other 2 groups (TENS20 = 168 minutes, TENSPL = 35 minutes) by Day10 (p 3 0.000). However, the TENS40 group produced the longest pain relief period by the follow-up session. Conclusion: 40 minutes is the optimal treatment duration of TENS, in terms of both the magnitude (VAS scores) of pain reduction and the duration of post-stimulation analgesia for knee osetoarthritis.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/16501970306116
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009352

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