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Ann Med Res. 2001; 8(1): 9-13

Effectiveness of Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation For The Treatment Of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type-I Related Pain Of Upper Extremity


Türkan Toğal*, Selvin Balki**, Özlem Yurtsızoğlu**, Mustafa Güldoğan***, Zuhal Altay****




Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS-I) is a syndrome characterized by chronic pain problem presenting often in extremities with autonomic dysfunction. CRPS-I related pain management is a serious problem in patients who have bone fractures in extremities after trauma.

The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the effectiveness of TENS for the treatment of pain. Subjects (n=10) diagnosed with (CRPS-I) of the elbow were treated with TENS. The parameters for evaluating the effectiveness of treatment include pain, hyperesthesia, hyperpatia, temperature, cyanosis, gross muscle test elbow extention, flexion and deviation degree.

In conclusion TENS treatment could be effective in CRPS-I of upper extremity in decreasing not only pain but also the objective clinical parameters.

Key words: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type-I, Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation.

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