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).
- Electrical stimulation Device
Intervention Desc: This category includes any form of electrical stimulation intended to improve motor function or pain after stroke.
Randomized, controlled trial of 44 patients.
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.
|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.|