Brazilian Journal of Pain
https://brjp.org.br/article/doi/10.5935/2595-0118.20180040
Brazilian Journal of Pain
Original Article

Aussie current in students with chronic neck pain: a randomized controlled trial

Corrente Aussie em estudantes com cervicalgia crônica: um ensaio clínico randomizado

Bruna Caroline da Silva; Camila Amaral Coracini; Carla Lautenschleger Branco; Mayara Doneda Michelon; Gladson Ricardo Flor Bertolini

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Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Neck pain is a painful acute or chronic syndrome that affects the region of the cervical spine. Electrostimulation is one type of treatment, which provides local analgesia bringing more comfort and functionality to the patient. However, there are still there are other current forms not fully explored. Therefore, the objective of the study was to evaluate the analgesic and functional effects of the Aussie current on students with chronic neck pain.

METHODS: Twenty-four individuals were separated in a control group (n=11) and an electrostimulation group (n=13) with current intensity at the sensory level. There were 3 interventions per week for 4 weeks, totaling 12 interventions per individual. The assessment was performed applying the Neck Disability Index, the visual analog scale of pain, the handgrip dynamometer, and the cervical spine goniometry before the intervention, shortly after the treatment period, and after a month of follow-up.

RESULTS: In relation to all the assessed items, there was no significant difference between the three evaluations in the control group and in the treated group.

CONCLUSION: The Aussie current at the sensory level did not provide significant analgesic and functional effects in students with chronic neck pain.

Keywords

Electric stimulation therapy, Neck pain, Pain measurement

Resumo

JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A cervicalgia é uma síndrome dolorosa, aguda ou crônica, que acomete a coluna cervical. Uma das formas de tratamento é a eletroestimulação, que proporciona analgesia local trazendo mais conforto e funcionalidade ao paciente. Contudo ainda existem formas de corrente pouco exploradas. O objetivo do estudo foi avaliar os efeitos analgésicos e funcionais da corrente Aussie em estudantes com cervicalgia crônica.

MÉTODOS: Vinte e quatro indivíduos foram separados em grupo controle (n=11) e grupo de eletroestimulação (n=13), com intensidade da corrente em nível sensorial. Foram realizadas 3 intervenções por semana, durante 4 semanas, totalizando 12 terapias por indivíduo. A avaliação foi feita com a aplicação do questionário Neck Disability Index, da escala analógica visual, do dinamômetro de preensão manual, e da goniometria da coluna cervical antes da intervenção, logo após o período de tratamento, e depois de um mês de seguimento.

RESULTADOS: Em relação a todos os quesitos avaliados, não se verificou diferença significativa entre as três avaliações no grupo controle e no grupo tratado.

CONCLUSÃO: A corrente Aussie, atingindo apenas o nível sensorial, não proporcionou efeitos analgésicos e funcionais significativos em estudantes com cervicalgia crônica.

Palavras-chave

Cervicalgia, Mensuração da dor, Terapia por estimulação elétrica

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Submitted date:
03/12/2018

Accepted date:
06/27/2018

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