Focal intense brief transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation for treatment of radicular and postthoracotomy pain

Edward N. Carrol, Amy S. Badura Brack

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Objective: To assess the efficacy of focal intense brief transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation in 2 groups of patients with neuropathic pain. Design: Electric stimulation was delivered with a small stylus electrode pressed against the skin paravertebrally in the radiculopathy group and along the surgical incision in the postthoracotomy neuralgia group. A before-after treatment design was conducted with a verbal pain rating scale. Setting: Outpatient multidisciplinary pain clinic at a Midwestern Veterans Affairs medical center. Participants: Fourteen consecutive patients with well-documented radiculopathy and 4 consecutive patients with post-thoracotomy neuralgia. Results: Statistically significant differences were found in both patient groups, with posttreatment scores reflecting less pain than pretreatment scores for every patient. Conclusions: Patients reported reduced pain ratings following this stimulation technique. Further study of this inexpensive, noninvasive, outpatient technique is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-264
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume82
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation
Pain
Neuralgia
Radiculopathy
Outpatients
Therapeutics
Pain Clinics
Veterans
Thoracotomy
Electric Stimulation
Electrodes
Skin

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  • Rehabilitation

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