Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 4 (July 2017)

Page No.: 2203-2208

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2017.172


Mukesh Yadav *1, Pooja Attrey 2, Shalu Kamal 3.

*1,2 Assistant Professor, T.D.T.R.D.A.V. Institute of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation, Professor Colony, Yamunanagar, Haryana, India.

3 Working as clinical physiotherapist, Ambala, Haryana, India.

Address for Correspondence: Dr. Mukesh Yadav. MPT, Assistant Professor, T.D.T.R.D.A.V. Institute of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation, Professor Colony, Yamunanagar – 135 001, Haryana, India. E-Mail: mukesh.mpt@gmail.com; poojaattrey6@gmail.com


Background: TENS is a commonly used non-pharmacological intervention for the management of pain. However, what role does it play on the pain as well as other parameters is still in doubt.

Objective: To compare the effects of high and low frequency TENS on patients with Knee Osteoarthritis.

Materials and Methods: Study Designed as a an Experimental design, and data were collected form various Private hospitals, Yamunanagar among them 45 Diagnosed  patient of Knee OA fulfilled the inclusion criteria were taken for the study and randomly assigned in three groups: Group 1 received HF TENS, Group 2 received LF TENS, Group 3 received Placebo TENS along with conventional strengthening physiotherapy protocol. The treatment was given for 2 weeks. Outcome measures of PPT, TUG, WOMAC and NPRS were evaluated before the starting of treatment protocol (day 0), at end of first week and then at the end of treatment i.e., day 0,  7 and 14.

Results: There was significant decrease in pain  at rest with HF TENS, LF TENS and placebo TENS. Both HF and LF TENS produced significant improvement in  PPT and functional abilities as seen by WOMAC and TUG as compared to Placebo group. However there was no significant difference between the effect of HF and LF TENS on patients with knee OA. Conclusion: There was no significant differences between the effects of High and Low frequency TENS in patients with Knee OA. Both could be used in management of pain at rest and during functional tasks in patients with knee OA



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Cite this article: Mukesh Yadav, Pooja Attrey, Shalu Kamal. HIGH OR LOW FREQUENCY TENS IN PATIENTS WITH KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS- WHAT WORKS BETTER?. Int J Physiother Res 2017;5(4):2203-2208. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2017.172