Category: Pain Rehabilitation; Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development); Athlete Development & Sports Rehabilitation
Microcurrent therapy (MCT) is a form of Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation which involves the application of very small electric current, less than 1 mA, to the body for therapeutic interventions. The purpose of this study is to observe function, pain and imaging over 4-weeks for both active and placebo MCT for people with acute knee pain.
The RCT is designed as double-blinded, one-way with MCT treatment and placebo control, and parallel over 4-weeks for people who have acute knee pain.
Participants (or Animals, Specimens, Cadavers) :
52 subjects with the inclusion criteria of male or female between the ages of 21-70 years old, knee pain that began prior to 6-weeks before beginning of the study and perceived as a minimum of 3/10 on a 0-10 pain scale, no pain or anti-inflammatory medication taken during study and English speaking.
Random assignment of placebo or active MCT was placed on the painful knee of the subjects for 3-hours per day for a total of 4-weeks. The parameters of the MCT was sub-sensory stimulation.
Main Outcome Measure(s) :
Lower Extremity Functional Scale, SF-12 and Numeric Pain Scale and MSK US imaging was measured at initial visit and weeks 1-4 in order to assess pain and function.
Repeated measures ANOVA, MCT is found to be effective in reducing pain of subjects with P
MCT is an effective way of decreasing pain and increasing function for people with acute knee pain