Comparative evaluation of the direct analgesic efficacy of selected physiotherapeutic methods in subjects with knee joint degenerative disease – preliminary report. Tomasz Kędzierski , Katarzyna Stańczak , Kamila Gworys , Jowita Gasztych , Marcin Sibiński , Jolanta Kujawa Ortop Traumatol Rehabil 2012; 14(6):537-544 ICID: 1024718
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Introduction: The goals of the study were to evaluate the efficacy of two physiotherapeutic procedures: low energy laser therapy and low frequency transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) and to compare these modalities with regard to their therapeutic effects.
Material and methods: Fifty (50) subjects were enrolled into the study and divided into two groups of 25 subjects. Group A received 10 MLS laser therapy sessions with a synchronised laser beam at doses of 12 J per treated site. Group B received ten sessions of low frequency TENS. The procedures were carried out every day for two weeks (5 times a week). All patients completed a personal data questionnaire and underwent an examination of knee joint motion range and circumference. Subjective pain intensity was assessed using the VAS pain scale and the modified Laitinen questionnaire.
Results An analysis of the results of the treatment demonstrated statistically significant pain reduction in both groups. This improvement was significantly higher in the two-phase laser therapy group vs. the LF-TENS group. No statistically significant improvement was noted in either of the groups regarding the knee joint range of motion.
Conclusions: Both therapies were associated with statistically significant direct pain intensity reduction. The study revealed higher analgesic efficacy of synchronised 2-phase laser therapy vs. LF–TENS.
DOI 10.5604/15093492.1024718 PMID 23382281 - click here to show this article in PubMed