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The influence of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation parameters on the level of pain perceived by participants with painful diabetic neuropathy: A crossover study

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Upton, GA and Tinley, P and Al-Aubaidy, HAM and Crawford, R, The influence of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation parameters on the level of pain perceived by participants with painful diabetic neuropathy: A crossover study, Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome, 11, (2) pp. 113-118. ISSN 1871-4021 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2016 Diabetes India

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.dsx.2016.08.016

Abstract

Aims: This pilot study aimed to investigate and compare the perceived pain relief effectiveness of two different modes of TENS in people with painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN).

Methods: A cross-over study was conducted at Charles Sturt University, Orange. Five participants with PDN were assessed with a McGill Pain Questionnaire before and after each of the two TENS treatments. Participants were randomly allocated to Traditional TENS (80 Hz, 200 ms) or Acupuncture-like TENS (2 Hz, 200 ms) and the treatments were applied daily for 30 minutes over ten days. Following a seven day washout period, the alternate mode of TENS was carried out using the same method. Wilcoxon Signed Rank tests were used to statistically analyse the results.

Results: All five participants reported personally meaningful pain relief during one or both of the TENS treatments. The Wilcoxon signed rank testing showed no statistical significance, p = 1, likely due to the small sample size. Acupuncture-like TENS had a large effect size (z = −1.625, r = 0.514), whilst Traditional TENS produced a medium effect size (z = −1.214, r = 0.384). No adverse effects were reported.

Conclusion: Acupuncture-like TENS may be more effective for PDN than traditional TENS. A larger scale replication of this pilot study is warranted.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation; Diabetic neuropathy.
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics
Research Field:Medical Biochemistry: Carbohydrates
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Diabetes
Author:Al-Aubaidy, HAM (Dr Hayder Al-Aubaidy)
ID Code:111021
Year Published:2017 (online first 2016)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2016-08-26
Last Modified:2017-11-07
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