Acute Effects of Interferential Current on Edema, Pain and Muscle Strength in Patients With Distal Radius Fracture

E

Ege University

Status

Completed

Conditions

Edema
Radius Fractures
Pain

Treatments

Device: Electrotherapy, interferential current
Other: Control

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT03438864
IF-Edema

Details and patient eligibility

About

Interferential current is a form of electrotherapy that is obtained by placing two different plates that produce medium frequency waveform current, resulting in a low frequency interferential waveform in deeper tissues. It was shown interferential current electrotherapy is beneficial for reduction of traumatic edema in tissues and pain control. Patients with conservatively managed distal radius fractures were recruited after casts are shed, and were treated with one session(30 minutes) of different protocols of interferential current electrotherapy. Before and after therapy, they were evaluated with volumetry, hand grip strength and visual analogue scale for pain.

Enrollment

105 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 70 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

Conservatively managed distal radius fractures

Exclusion criteria

  • Secondary conditions associated with edema(renal failure, congestive heart failure etc)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Contraindications for electrotherapy(cardiac pacemaker, thrombosis, pregnancy etc)
  • Mental state unfit for electrotherapy
  • Having treated with electrotherapy before

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Triple Blind

105 participants in 3 patient groups

10 Hz
Experimental group
Description:
Interferential current, entry frequency 4000 Hz and 4010 Hz, beat frequency 10 Hz, amplitude was individualized and increased until patients felt a comfortable tickling sensation.
Treatment:
Device: Electrotherapy, interferential current
100 Hz
Experimental group
Description:
Interferential current, entry frequency 4000 Hz and 4100 Hz, beat frequency 100 Hz, amplitude was individualized and increased until patients felt a comfortable tickling sensation.
Treatment:
Device: Electrotherapy, interferential current
Placebo-Sham Control
Sham Comparator group
Description:
No current except for first 5 seconds, device open but does not appy electrotherapy.
Treatment:
Other: Control

Trial contacts and locations

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