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Repetitive Peripheral Inductive Stimulation in Musculoskeletal Pain Management – A Pilot Study

Pětioký J., Váňa Z., Šubert D., Žarković D., Bittner V.

Rehabilitation Center Kladruby, Kladruby, Czech Republic

Immediate pain relief in 62 % of the subjects

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Aim of the pilot study was to investigate immediate pain relief effect of the repetitive peripheral inductive stimulation device BTL-6000 Super Inductive System (BTL Industries Ltd.) in musculoskeletal diseases.

Background

Repetitive peripheral inductive stimulation is a solution in musculoskeletal pain management in medical branches such as neurology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and physical medicine. Therapy is based on the principle of time-varying electromagnetic field passing through neural and muscular tissue, in which electric currents are induced. By affecting conductive tissue, a chain reaction including changes in action potential and leading to muscle contraction is performed.

Methods

31 subjects from Rehabilitation Center Kladruby were comprised in the pilot study. Subjects underwent approx. 7 therapies individually. A hand-held applicator type "focus field" was used. Pulse repetition rates matching with gate theory and peripheral pattern theory were applied to achieve pain relief effect. A Visual Analog Scale (VAS) was used to evaluate pain before and after each therapy. Results: Immediate pain relief effect of the repetitive peripheral inductive stimulation in 62 % patients with musculoskeletal diseases was observed.

Conclusion

Despite small number of subjects, decrease of painful perception and pain relief effect were achieved. Although, the study design does not allow comparison with placebo effect, statistically significant (α = 0.2) immediate pain relief effect in 50–74 % of subjects might be expected.

Results

Immediate pain relief effect of the repetitive peripheral inductive stimulation in 62 % patients with musculoskeletal diseases was observed.

Published in

Rehabilitace a fyzikální lékařství, 2016, Vol. 4(23), p. 195–200

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