Efficacy of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and Interferential Current on Tactile Acuity of Individuals With Nonspecific Chronic Low Back Pain

AbstractObjectivesTranscutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and interferential currents (IFC) are pain electrotherapies with questioned efficacy. Studies of their effects on tactile acuity of individuals with nonspecific chronic low back pain (NSCLBP) are limited, hence, this study.Materials and MethodsThirty-three individuals with NSCLBP randomly allocated into three groups completed this study. Data collected from participants included age, gender, and anthropometric characteristics of height, weight, body mass index, and percentage body fat measured with standard instruments. Also, participants' tactile acuity, pain intensity, and disability were assessed before and after interventions with digital caliper, numerical pain rating scale, and Roland –Morris Disability Questionnaire, respectively. Interventions consisted of stretching, strengthening, and stabilization exercises to all three groups in addition of TENS to group 1 and IFC to group 2, respectively, for five weeks. Descriptive statistics of mean and standard deviation summarized th e data. Inferential statistics of pairedt-test, independentt-test, and analysis of variance tested the level of significance among variables atp ≤ 0.05.ResultsTactile acuity was significantly (p 
Source: Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface - Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tags: Clinical Research Source Type: research

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Source: Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface - Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tags: Clinical Research Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: RANDOMIZED TRIAL Source Type: research
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Source: Korean Journal of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Source Type: research
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