Document Server@UHasselt >
Research publications >
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
|Title: ||Long-Term TENS Treatment Improves Tactile Sensitivity in MS Patients|
|Authors: ||CUYPERS, Koen|
|Issue Date: ||2010|
|Publisher: ||SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC|
|Citation: ||NEUROREHABILITATION AND NEURAL REPAIR, 24 (5). p. 420-427|
|Abstract: ||Background. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is commonly used in neurorehabilitation for the treatment of pain and spasticity. Objective. The long-term effects of sensory stimulation by means of TENS on hand sensitivity were investigated in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Methods. TENS was applied for 3 weeks ( I hour per day) on the median nerve region of the dominant hand. Sensitivity was assessed by the Semmes-Weinstein monofilaments before and 12 hours following the last intervention as well as 3 weeks later. Results. Long-lasting increases in tactile sensitivity were achieved by repetitive stimulation of sensory afferents with TENS in MS patients but not in healthy subjects. This increased sensitivity was not only restricted to the median nerve area but also expanded to the ulnar nerve area. Remarkably, MS patients reached the same level of sensitivity as healthy subjects immediately after the intervention, and long-term effects were reported 3 weeks later. Conclusions. The findings of this study demonstrated lasting improvements in tactile sensitivity of the fingers as a result of a long-term TENS intervention in MS patients, who ultimately reached a level comparable with that of healthy subjects.|
|Notes: ||[Cuypers, Koen; Thijs, Herbert; Meesen, Raf L. J.] Hasselt Univ, Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Meesen, Raf L. J.] PHL Univ Coll, REVAL Res Grp, Dept Hlth Care, B-3500 Hasselt, Belgium. [Meesen, Raf L. J.] Katholieke Univ Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
|ISI #: ||000277830400003|
|Type: ||Journal Contribution|
|Validation: ||ecoom, 2011|
|Appears in Collections: ||Research publications|
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.
Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.