Immediate Effects of Interferential Current Stimulation which Affects Pain, Balance and Walking Ability of Elderly Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain

간섭전류전기자극이 만성요통 노인 환자의 통증, 균형 및 보행능력에 미치는 즉각적인 효과

  • Lee, Jin (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Hyunmyoung Medical Center) ;
  • Kim, Do-Hyung (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Yeoju University) ;
  • In, Tae-Seong (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Gimcheon University)
  • 이진 (현명메디컬센터) ;
  • 김도형 (여주대학교 물리치료학과) ;
  • 인태성 (김천대학교 물리치료학과)
  • Received : 2018.08.18
  • Accepted : 2018.09.21
  • Published : 2018.09.30


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of Interferential current stimulation therapy(ICT) on pain, balance, and walking ability of elderly patients with chronic low back pain. Methods: Twenty participants were randomly assigned to ICT group (2 males and 8 females) and placebo ICT group (3 males and 7 females). Participants were ICT and placebo ICT for 20 minutes, and the pre- and post-VAS, TUG and postural balance were measured. Results: The ICT group showed significantly decreased pain scores in the elderly patients with chronic low back pain (p<.05) than the placebo ICT group. The postural fluctuation with eyes opened and closed was significantly lower than the placebo ICT group(p<.05), and the ICT group showed remarkable improvement (p<.05). Conclusion: ICT was expected to improve decrease pain, improve postureal sway and walking ability remarkably. Therefore, It was expected that the application or ICT would be an effective method for elderly patients with Chronic Low Back Pain.


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