Effects of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation on Pain and Disability in Patients With Osteoarthritis

2014-07-24 14:01:06 | BioPortfolio


Determine the effects of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) on pain and mobility by comparing different stimulation sitesP:

1. the location with the lowest resistance

2. the location that causes an irradiation sensation

3. a random stimulation site (but within a 10x10cm area of the irradiation site). The effect is defined as the pain VAS baseline-measurement before treatment minus the pain VAS repeat-measurement after the given treatment



Rationale: In clinical practice the position of TENS electrodes appears to be critical to success. It is claimed that electrodes should target areas with high neural density and where nerve bundles come close to the body surface. These areas are likely to have low skin resistances. Research in the field of electro-analgesia suggests areas of low skin resistance are linked to TENS stimulation points, and that this lower skin resistance may reflect areas with a higher density of neural tissue. When stimulated these areas are likely to generate larger nerve activity and potentially a greater analgesic outcome. For this reason many acupuncturist use a point finder to locate the optimal site to insert the acupuncture needle. To date the relationship between the skin resistance of the areas stimulated by TENS and pain relief is not known.

At present, optimal sites for electrode positioning is made ad hoc using a trial and error approach. This may result in electrodes being positioned at sub-optimal sites. The Philips new electronic pain relief device contains an array, or matrix, of small electrodes. Using this array, the device can measure electrical skin properties. In addition, the user can select which electrodes in the array are active and can adjust the intensity of those electrodes so that stimulation can be targeted to a specific location. In this way it is possible to investigate whether stimulating areas of low skin resistance has an effect on pain relief.

With a novel matrix TENS electrode we would like to investigate the TENS outcome for different electrode specifically chosen locations versus randomly chosen locations. Randomly chosen locations are defined as an area of approximately 10x10 cm around the specifically chosen location in which the random simulation point is chosen. The outcome of the specific vs. random stimulation will be measured with as primary outcome pain and mobility and as secondary outcome strength, joint range, and quality of life.

Objective: Determine effects of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) on pain and mobility by comparing different stimulation sites; 1) the location with the lowest resistance, 2) the location that causes an irradiation sensation, 3) a random stimulation site (but within a 10x10cm area of the irradiation site). The effect is defined as the pain VAS baseline-measurement before treatment minus the pain VAS repeat-measurement after the given treatment

Study design: double-blind intervention study

Study population: Patients with chronic pain arise from osteo-arthritis in one or both knees Age (>18y), sex and ethnic background are not relevant

Intervention (if applicable): Patients receive a 3 times 30 minutes TENS treatment.

Main study parameters/endpoints: The primary outcome parameters are pain (VAS) and mobility (PDI and 6 min walk). Secondary outcome parameters are strength (MVC) and range-of-motion (ROM) in knee extension and quality of life (SF36).

Nature and extent of the burden and risks associated with participation, benefit and group relatedness: There is no risk for the patients. The burden for the participants is 3 times 1 hour.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment






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