Low TENS Treatment on Post-Stroke Paretic Arm

Completed

Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

To determine whether the functional motor capacity of the paretic extremity of stroke patients can be improved by stimulation with low frequency (1.7Hz) transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (Low-TENS).

Interventions

  • Electrical stimulation Other
    Intervention Desc: This category includes any form of electrical stimulation intended to improve motor function or pain after stroke.

Trial Design

Randomized, controlled trial of 44 patients.

Patient Involvement

Patients were randomized to receive Low-TENS (60 min., five days a week for 3 months) in addition to physiotherapy at a day-care center, or physiotherapy at a day-care center alone. Low TENS treatment was initiated by a physical therapist for the first two days of treatment. After the third day of treatment, Low-TENS treatment was performed by the patients themselves at home.

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Motor function assessed by Fugl-Meyer motor performance score (FM-score), spasticity as assessed by modified Ashworth scale, autonomy in activities of daily living (ADL) as assessed by the Barthel Index. All assessments were made at the start and end of the study.

Sponsors

Regional Social Insurance Office in Collaboration with The Stockholm County Council (Dagmar-Funds), The Committee for the Health and Caring Sciences, Karolinska Institutet and Foundation for Stroke Research