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Evaluation of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation as a Treatment of Neck Pain due to Musculoskeletal Disorders.

Maayah M, Al-Jarrah M - J Clin Med Res (2010)

Bottom Line: The assessments were compared and used to measure outcome treatment.Improvement in their condition was measured in terms of a reduction in the individual's level of pain during the week after the end of the first session.These results are statistically highly significant, (P = 0.01) at the end of the follow-up assessment.

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Affiliation: Department of Physiotherapy, Applied Medical Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan.

ABSTRACT

Background: This study was designed to evaluate transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) as a treatment for neck pain due to musculoskeletal disorders within the context of a physiotherapy treatment.

Methods: Thirty subjects with neck pain were randomly allocated to two groups, treated with either TENS (n = 15) or placebo (n = 15). Each subject received one session for one hour. All subjects were evaluated before, during treatment, after switch off and again a week after by using Myometer machine. All subjects completed the follow-up assessment. Subjects referred for out-subjects' physiotherapy department, fulfilling the inclusion and exclusion criteria, took part in the study.

Results: The assessments were compared and used to measure outcome treatment. Improvement in their condition was measured in terms of a reduction in the individual's level of pain during the week after the end of the first session. At the end of the first session, the study showed that 11 subjects (73%) in the treatment and 7 subjects (43%) in the control groups had gained marked improvement. These results are statistically highly significant, (P = 0.01) at the end of the follow-up assessment.

Conclusions: A conclusion could be drawn that a single intense TENS treatment is an effective treatment for neck pain due to musculoskeletal disorders. On the other hand, TENS showed an effective pain relief with subjects who have a mild neck pain rather than those with severe symptoms.

Keywords: Musculoskeletal disorders; Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation; Neck pain.

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Figure 1: Results of treatment at one week after the first session.

Mentions: Initially results were analyzed to determine success in relief of pain. All information used in the analysis of treatment was obtained from the self-assessment forms. The week after the first session, 11 subjects in the TENS group and 3 subjects in the control group showed a marked improvement. One subject in the treatment group was considered to be worse after the first three days after the end of the first session (Table 2 and Fig. 1).


Evaluation of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation as a Treatment of Neck Pain due to Musculoskeletal Disorders.

Maayah M, Al-Jarrah M - J Clin Med Res (2010)

Results of treatment at one week after the first session.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: Results of treatment at one week after the first session.
Mentions: Initially results were analyzed to determine success in relief of pain. All information used in the analysis of treatment was obtained from the self-assessment forms. The week after the first session, 11 subjects in the TENS group and 3 subjects in the control group showed a marked improvement. One subject in the treatment group was considered to be worse after the first three days after the end of the first session (Table 2 and Fig. 1).

Bottom Line: The assessments were compared and used to measure outcome treatment.Improvement in their condition was measured in terms of a reduction in the individual's level of pain during the week after the end of the first session.These results are statistically highly significant, (P = 0.01) at the end of the follow-up assessment.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Physiotherapy, Applied Medical Sciences, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan.

ABSTRACT

Background: This study was designed to evaluate transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) as a treatment for neck pain due to musculoskeletal disorders within the context of a physiotherapy treatment.

Methods: Thirty subjects with neck pain were randomly allocated to two groups, treated with either TENS (n = 15) or placebo (n = 15). Each subject received one session for one hour. All subjects were evaluated before, during treatment, after switch off and again a week after by using Myometer machine. All subjects completed the follow-up assessment. Subjects referred for out-subjects' physiotherapy department, fulfilling the inclusion and exclusion criteria, took part in the study.

Results: The assessments were compared and used to measure outcome treatment. Improvement in their condition was measured in terms of a reduction in the individual's level of pain during the week after the end of the first session. At the end of the first session, the study showed that 11 subjects (73%) in the treatment and 7 subjects (43%) in the control groups had gained marked improvement. These results are statistically highly significant, (P = 0.01) at the end of the follow-up assessment.

Conclusions: A conclusion could be drawn that a single intense TENS treatment is an effective treatment for neck pain due to musculoskeletal disorders. On the other hand, TENS showed an effective pain relief with subjects who have a mild neck pain rather than those with severe symptoms.

Keywords: Musculoskeletal disorders; Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation; Neck pain.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus