Category: Pain Rehabilitation; Technology (e.g. robotics, assistive technology, mHealth); Health Services Research
Objective : To know the effectiveness of simple WBV on the intensity of neuropatic pain in leprosy patient
A randomized pretest-post test control group design study was conducted in Kompleks Kusta Jongaya Makassar on October to November 2017. The measurement of neuropathic pain intensity was performed before and after therapy using Neuropathic Pain Scale (NPS) and Visual Analog Scale (VAS).
Setting : The study was conducted in kompleks kusta jongaya (small living area that each family has at least 1 member with leprosy) in south sulawesi, Indonesia
Participants (or Animals, Specimens, Cadavers) : the participants of the study was 16 leprosy patients with neuropathic pain (after or in therapy MDT) regularly using anti-depressant medication for their pain. Diabetic pain was excluded
Interventions : the partisipants received WBV therapy three times a week for four weeks with different frequency every week and Group 2; who received WBV therapy once a week for four weeks with the same frequency every week
Main Outcome Measure(s) : Pain inItensity
the result shows there was a significant decrease in neuropathic pain after WBV therapy is given in both groups (p = 0.018) and 7 patients (75%) reportedly healed after had 4 weeks of therapy. Besides, there was no significant difference (p>0.05) found among two treatment groups in decreasing neuropathic pain
Whole Body Vibration is effective for reducing neuropathic pain in leprosy patients.
Yose Waluyo– Medical assistant, Faculty of Medicine, Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Sulawesi Selatan